US has ‘credible’ reports of Russian war crimes in Ukraine, says Blinken

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday that the United States has credible reports of Russian war crimes in Ukraine.

Since Russia began its invasion in February, reports of attacks on civilians have quickly started to surface, prompting some leaders to accuse Russia of war crimes. However, the Biden administration has been more cautious, stopping short of making those accusations.

On Sunday, Blinken acknowledged that the US government had seen “highly credible” reports of deliberate attacks on Ukrainian civilians, which he said would “constitute war crimes”. He also pointed to the use of certain weapons, during his appearance on CNN State of the Union.

“What we’re doing right now is documenting all of this, bringing it all together. By looking at this and making sure that people and the right organizations and institutions are investigating whether war crimes have happened or are being done, we can support whatever they are doing,” he said.

On Friday, the US State Department said it was “assessing” whether or not Russia’s attack on Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia power plant, Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, constituted a war crime. The US Embassy in Kyiv said the attack was indeed a war crime, prompting the State Department to send out a memo ordering embassies not to retweet the allegation.

When contacted by Newsweek On Sunday morning, a US State Department spokesperson referenced Blinken’s comments.

This is breaking news and will be updated as new information becomes available.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken, above in Poland on Saturday, acknowledged that the United States has credible reports of Russian war crimes.
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