G7 foreign Ministers stated that those guilty of war crimes should be held accountable.
The foreign ministers of the Group of Seven countries said on Friday that they were “deeply concerned” about the humanitarian losses as a result of Russia’s ongoing strikes on the civilian population in Ukraine, and added that they would bring to justice those responsible for war crimes.
“We emphasize once again that strikes without the choice of specific targets are prohibited by international humanitarian law. We will bring to justice those responsible for war crimes, including the use of weapons against civilians,” the G7 foreign ministers said in a joint statement released by the U.S. Department of State.
The foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States also urged Russia to stop the attack “in the region of the Ukrainian nuclear power plants.”
Russian troops in Ukraine seized the largest nuclear power plant in Europe in Zaporozhye on Friday. This caused alarm around the world and, according to Washington, could lead to a disaster, although officials later said that the facility was safe.
The G7 foreign ministers also added that their countries will continue to impose additional sanctions in response to Russian aggression, which, according to them, took place with the connivance of Belarus.
“President Putin, his government and supporters, as well as the Lukashenka regime, bear full responsibility for the economic and social consequences of these sanctions,” the G7 foreign ministers said in a joint statement.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine last week provoked almost universal condemnation around the world, and Western countries imposed tough sanctions in an attempt to “push” the Russian economy.
The G7 countries also pledged to increase humanitarian support to Ukraine. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and European Council President Charles Michel in Brussels, calling on NATO allies and partners to provide Ukraine with equipment and materials to fight the Russian invasion.