Ukrainian Zelensky calls for war crimes probe following Russian attack

(The Hill) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on Tuesday for Russia to be investigated for war crimes.

His appeal comes after an attack on Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, killed at least 10 people and injured 35 others.

“It’s the price of freedom,” Zelensky said, the BBC reported. “This is terror against Ukraine. There were no military targets in the square – any more than there are in the residential areas of Kharkiv which are under fire from rockets from artillery.

He went on to say that the bombing was “frank and undisguised terror”.

“No one will forgive. No one will forget. … This is Russian Federation state terrorism,” the Associated Press reported.

Along with the Kharkiv attack, Russia is said to have used cluster bombs against Ukraine, which are banned under an international treaty.

Russia has denied targeting civilians or committing war crimes during its invasion of Ukraine, the AP noted.

Members of the European Parliament gave Zelensky a standing ovation on Tuesday after he asked for help during a speech from Kyiv.

US intelligence reportedly said Ukrainian resistance to the invasion has been stronger than expected, as Russia has yet to take control of the capital, Kiev.


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