New Delhi: US President Joe Biden on Monday called atrocities allegedly committed by Russian forces in Bucha, Ukraine a “war crime” and called for a trial against Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Joe Biden told reporters that President Vladimir Putin was a “war criminal” and the death “a war crime”, AFP news agency reported.
Biden’s conclusion that the deaths did not constitute genocide contrasts with that of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who used the phrase in an interview with CBS on Sunday.
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“This guy (Russian President Vladimir Putin) is brutal and what is happening in Bucha is outrageous and everyone sees it. It’s a war crime. I demand more sanctions, he should be held accountable,” Biden told CNN in his report. .
“I was criticized for calling Putin a ‘war criminal’, but he is a war criminal. We must continue to supply Ukraine with the weapons it needs, get all the details together so that have a war crime trial,” Biden added.
Images showing bodies strewn on a street in the kyiv suburb of Bucha after Russian forces withdrew have gone viral on social media. A mass grave in the town was also discovered, with residents saying they believe at least 150 people were buried there, CNN reported.
The Bucha scenes sparked international outrage, with Western leaders calling for war crimes investigations and new sanctions against Russia.
However, the Russian Defense Ministry denied Ukraine’s allegations and said the images and photographs showing bodies in Bucha were “another provocation” by the Ukrainian government, according to a report by the agency. Reuters press release.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday that the State Department would help document any Russian military attacks on Ukrainian civilians.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called the killings of civilians in Bucha ‘brutal’ and said he ‘strongly welcomes’ the International Criminal Court’s investigation into war crimes in Ukraine .
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the extensive images of dead civilians in Bucha were “fabricated” and “not a single local person suffered from violent activity” during Russia’s control of the region.
“In the settlements of the Kyiv region, Russian military personnel delivered and delivered 452 tons of humanitarian aid to civilians,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.