WASHINGTON (AA) – Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday he agrees with US President Joe Biden that Russia is committing war crimes in Ukraine.
Blinken said Russia has “stepped up” its attacks against Ukraine “with the goal of breaking the will of the people,” and he personally determined war crimes are being carried out based on the destruction that has been wrought in the course of the Kremlin’s three-week military operation.
The assessments from the top US officials are being made in their personal capacities. A legal US assessment requires a drawn-out process, including extensive collection of evidence.
The top diplomat said the US is continuing to carry out the process to make a formal determination, and in order “to make sure that our findings help international efforts to investigate war crimes and hold those responsible accountable.”
Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice Beth Van Schaak is leading the State Department’s efforts.