The head of the Department of State made a statement on this issue.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken made a special statement about “war crimes of Russian troops in Ukraine.”
The Department of State officially states that the U.S. government, based on the information currently available, believes that the Russian military in Ukraine committed war crimes. The American assessment is based on a thorough analysis of available information from open and intelligence sources.
In his statement, Blinken stressed that, “as in the case of any alleged crime, the court having jurisdiction over (this) crime must establish guilt and responsibility for the commission of each specific crime.”
The Secretary of State said that the United States will seek to ensure that those guilty of committing war crimes are held accountable for what they have done. At the same time, the United States will use all available tools, including criminal prosecution.
According to Blinken, “since the beginning of an unprovoked and unjust war, Russian President Vladimir Putin has unleashed ruthless violence that has led to death and destruction throughout Ukraine. We have received numerous credible reports of purposeless attacks, as well as attacks deliberately directed against civilians, as well as other atrocities.”
As noted in the statement of the head of the Department of State, as a result of the military actions of Russian troops, apartment buildings, schools, hospitals, critical infrastructure facilities, shopping centers were destroyed and civilian transport and ambulances were mangled, as a result of which thousands of innocent civilians were killed or injured.
Secretary Blinken noted that “many of the objects that were attacked by Russian troops were clearly identified as objects used by civilians. Including the Mariupol maternity hospital, as noted in the report of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights dated March 11.
Similarly, a blow to the theater building in Mariupol is qualified, next to which the word “children” was clearly written, written in Russian, in large letters, so that this word could be seen from the air.”
Blinken’s statement notes that “Putin’s troops use the same tactics that were used in Grozny and in Aleppo, Syria, where they tried to break the will of their residents by bombing peaceful cities. And the attempt to do the same in Ukraine again shocked the world, and, according to President Zelenskiy, “plunged the people of Ukraine into a sea of blood and tears.”
The number of killed and wounded, innocent civilians, including women and children, is growing in Ukraine every day the war continues. As of March 22, more than 2,400 civilians were killed in Mariupol alone, according to official figures from this besieged city. In addition to these figures, the UN has officially confirmed more than 2,500 civilian casualties in Ukraine, including those killed and wounded, while emphasizing that the actual losses are probably higher.
Secretary Blinken recalled that last week, he, following President Biden, used the term “war crimes” in relation to what Putin’s troops are doing in Ukraine, based on the evidence of countless reports and photographs. At the same time, Blinken said that the Department of State and experts from other government agencies were documenting actions committed in Ukraine that could potentially be qualified as war crimes.