US concludes Russian military committed war crimes in Ukraine


The United States has concluded that the Russian military committed “war crimes” in Ukraine, Secretary of State said Wednesday. Anthony Blinken.

Blinken said the government, after “documenting and evaluating” evidence that civilians had been deliberately targeted during the invasion, had come to that conclusion.

“Today I can announce that, based on information currently available, the United States government determines that members of the Russian forces have committed war crimes in Ukraine,” he said in a statement.

Last week Blinken had estimated that Russia was committing war crimes by targeting civilians in Ukraine, backing up earlier statements by the president. Joe Bidenwho called his counterpart Vladimir Putin a “war criminal.”

“Our assessment is based on a careful review of available information from public and intelligence sources,” Blinken said, adding that, as with any alleged crime, “a court of law with jurisdiction over the crime” would ultimately responsible for determining the criminal culpability of the actions.

Western powers, their allies and the Ukrainian government have repeatedly claimed that indiscriminate Russian bombing that has killed hundreds of civilians in the besieged port of Mariupol and other cities constitutes a war crime.

Blinken indicated that the government will continue to track and share information about war crimes allegations with allies, institutions and international organizations.

“We are committed to holding them accountable using all available tools, including criminal trials,” he said.



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