Washington – President Biden on Monday called for a war crimes trial against Russian President Vladimir Putin and said he would seek more sanctions..
“You see what happened in Bucharest,” Mr Biden said. “Putin is a war criminal.”
Mr Biden’s comments came after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Boucha, a town near Kiev, where Ukrainian officials say the bodies of civilians have been found. In Sunday’s “Face the Nation”, ZelenskyyAnd calls on the West to impose tougher sanctions on Russia.
The president, however, stopped calling the act genocide.
Ukraine’s Prosecutor-General Irina Venediktova said the bodies of 410 civilians had been removed from Kyiv-area cities and had recently been recovered by Russian forces. Associated Press reporters found the bodies of at least 21 people in various locations around Bukhara, northwest of the capital.
“In order to continue the war, we need to provide Ukraine with the weapons it needs. And we need to gather all the details so that it can be a real one – a war crimes trial, “said Mr Biden after returning to Washington from a weekend trip to Delaware.
President Putin has been described as “cruel.”
“What’s happening in Bucharest is offensive and everyone sees it,” Mr Biden added.
A senior Pentagon staffer who assisted in compiling the report said that the United States could not independently confirm the atrocities in Bucharest but had no reason to deny it. Officials called the film “deeply disturbing.”
European Commission President Ursula von der Lane Tweet On Monday, the European Union will send investigators to Ukraine to help the local prosecutor general with “war crimes documents”.
Mr Biden noted that last month when he was hitPutin has been identified as a war criminal following a bomb attack on a hospital and maternity ward in Ukraine. In his remarks Monday, Mr. Biden made it clear that the label still applies.
“This guy is brutal and what’s happening with Booker is offensive, and everyone has seen it,” the president said.
An investigation into Putin’s actions began before new allegations of atrocities were made outside Kiev.
The United States and more than 40 other countries are working together to investigate possible violations and abuses following the passage of a resolution by the UN Human Rights Council to form a commission of inquiry. The International Criminal Court, an independent body based in the Netherlands, has another investigation.
Meanwhile, Mr Biden’s chief envoy to the UN, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, announced on Monday that the United States was planning to suspend Russia from the seat of the UN’s top human rights body, citing further indications from Russian forces. Has committed war crimes in Ukraine. This will require a decision by the UN General Assembly.
Russia and four other permanent members of the UN Security Council – Britain, China, France and the United States – currently hold seats in the 47-member State Rights Council in Geneva. The United States has rejoined the council this year.
Bo Erickson and Eleanor Watson contributed to the report.