US Officially Says Russian Military Committed War Crimes in Ukraine

The official US statement that Moscow violated the laws of conflict comes after Blinken, President Joe Biden and Assistant Secretary of State Wendy Sherman all said it was their personal opinion that war crimes had occurred.

“Today, I can announce that, based on information currently available, the U.S. government believes that members of Russian forces have committed war crimes in Ukraine,” Blinken said in a statement.

“Our assessment is based on a careful review of available information from public and intelligence sources,” he said.

“As with any alleged crime, a court of competent jurisdiction is ultimately responsible for determining criminal culpability in specific cases,” Blinken continued. “The U.S. government will continue to follow up on war crimes reports and will share the information we collect with allies, partners, and international institutions and organizations as appropriate. We are committed to pursuing accountability using all available tools. , including criminal prosecution.”

Blinken’s statement cited “credible reports” of indiscriminate attacks and attacks deliberately targeting civilians, including the destruction of apartment buildings, schools and hospitals. The State Department specifically cited attacks on a maternity hospital and a theater in Mariupol. The theater, the State Department said, was marked with the Russian word for “children” in letters visible from the sky.

Last week, Biden accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of war crimes. “I think he’s a war criminal,” Biden said after remarks at the White House.

This story is broken and will be updated.


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