Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has been accused of committing war crimes in Ukraine as school and theatre were hit by missiles.
Putin is facing allegations levelled against him by the UK, the US, France, Albania, Ireland and Norway with Paris claiming the Russian President was only pretending to be interested in negotiating a peace deal.
The six countries challenged Putin before a United Nations Security Council meeting as the British foreign secretary, Liz Truss, declared that there was now “very, very strong evidence” of war crimes being committed by Russian forces.
Truss added that “Vladimir Putin is behind them. It is ultimately a matter for the international criminal court to decide who is or isn’t a war criminal and for us to bring the evidence.”
Also, the US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, expressed that he agreed with President Joe Biden that war crimes had been committed in Ukraine, revealing that process is underway to document and evaluate potential war crimes by Putin.
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Blinken said the US government was gathering evidence of war crimes and appeared to dismiss hopes of a diplomatic solution.
He said: “The actions that we’re seeing Russia take every single day, virtually every minute of every day, are in total contrast to any serious diplomatic effort to end the war.”
Meanwhile, the UN undersecretary-general, Rosemary DiCarlo, has called for an investigation into the reported attacks on civilians by Russian forces.
She told the meeting that “international humanitarian law is crystal clear” and the attacks “are reportedly indiscriminate, resulting in civilian casualties and damage to civilian infrastructure.”
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