Following accusations of a slaughter in Bucha, US President Joe Biden has proposed launching a “war crimes trial” for alleged Russian violations in Ukraine.
As worldwide anger mounts over atrocities done against residents in the Ukrainian village of Bucha, US President Joe Biden has once again slammed his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin as a “war criminal,” suggesting that a “war crimes trial” may be launched.
International outrage and requests for a genuine probe have erupted in response to photos of bodies filling the streets of the town, which had been under Russian forces control.
“You may remember I got criticized for calling Putin a war criminal,” Biden remarked. “Well, the truth of the matter, we saw it happen in Bucha … he is a war criminal.”
Last month, Biden called Putin a “war criminal,” prompting a reprimand from the Kremlin and a warning that US-Russia relations were on the edge of “rupture.”
Some Us officials and agencies have accused Russia of war crimes, and the US Department of State has issued a formal finding that certain Russian soldiers in Ukraine have committed atrocities.
Biden hinted on Monday that the US is considering holding a war crime prosecution for suspected infractions committed during the conflict.
US president, Joe Biden, told reporters, “We have to gather the information.”
He added, “We have to continue to provide Ukraine with the weapons they need to continue to fight, and we have to get all the details so this could be … a war crimes trial.”
“This guy is brutal and what’s happening in Bucha is outrageous and everyone’s seen it.”
It’s unclear how a trial supported by the United States would go.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) was founded under the Rome Statute, which the United States is not a party to.
Moreover, the US has already chastised the court for attempting to probe suspected war crimes in Israel, the OPT, and Afghanistan.
A probe into suspected war crimes in Ukraine has been initiated by the ICC prosecutor.
Later, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the US is in talks with its allies to figure out the best way to pursue accountability in Ukraine’s conflict.
Sullivan said to reporters, “obviously, the ICC is one venue where war crimes have been tried in the past, but there have been other examples in other conflicts of other mechanisms being set up. So there’s work to be done to work out the specifics of that.”
“On Monday, the United Nations asked for an impartial investigation into the Bucha massacre.
“I am deeply shocked by the images of civilians killed in Bucha.” In a statement, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated, ” It is essential that an independent investigation leads to effective accountability.”
- Zelenskyy Accuses Russia Of “Genocide” In Ukraine
Russia has denied murdering civilians in Bucha, implying that part of the footage fueling the indignation is faked. Russia’s soldiers are receding from Kyiv as they move their emphasis to the east and south of the country.
On Monday, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, “experts at the Ministry of Defense have identified signs of video fakes and various fakes. We would demand that many international leaders do not rush to sweeping accusations and at least listen to our arguments.”
The Russian denial was rejected as “baseless and shameless” by US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price later on Monday.
SOURCE: NEWS AGENCIES