Russia committed war crimes in Ukraine, US says

The Russian military has committed war crimes in Ukraine, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement on Wednesday, citing US intelligence and public reports of attacks on civilians and journalists.

“Our assessment is based on a careful review of available information from public and intelligence sources,” Blinken wrote. “As with any alleged crime, a court of competent jurisdiction is ultimately responsible for determining criminal culpability in specific cases. The U.S. government will continue to monitor reports of war crimes and will share the information we collect with allies, partners and international institutions and organizations as appropriate We are committed to seeking accountability using all available tools, including criminal prosecution.

Earlier Wednesday, US Representatives Eric Swalwell and Ted Lieu sent a letter asking Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate Russia for war crimes related to the deaths of two Americans in Ukraine.

This is a developing story that will be updated as more information becomes available.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement Wednesday that based on available information, the United States believes Russia has committed war crimes in Ukraine. Above, Blinken delivers a speech on President Joe Biden’s administration priorities in the Ben Franklin Room at the State Department in Washington, DC, on March 3, 2021.
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