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“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 released as he was traveling to Brussels with President Joe Biden for an emergency. summit of NATO leaders.
“Our assessment is based on a careful review of available information from public and intelligence sources,” Sec. Blinken said in a statement after announcing that “the U.S. government believes that members of Russian forces have committed war crimes in Ukraine.” https://t.co/sP6TuMy5zh pic.twitter.com/NEMtcOYZyM
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The assessment was based on a “careful review” of public and intelligence sources since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine last month, he said.
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The top US diplomat said the United States would share this information with allies, partners and international institutions charged with investigating allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
“We have seen many credible reports of indiscriminate attacks and attacks deliberately targeting civilians, as well as other atrocities. Russian forces have destroyed apartment buildings, schools, hospitals, critical infrastructure, civilian vehicles, shopping malls and ambulances, leaving thousands of innocent civilians killed or injured,” Blinken said.
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He cited attacks on the civilian population in the besieged city of Mariupol and elsewhere.
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