US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas Greenfield said Thursday that Russia’s actions against the Ukrainian people are “war crimes”.
They constitute war crimes. Linda Thomas Grenfell said in an interview with BBC News.
State Department spokesman Ned Price stopped declaring Russia’s actions against Ukrainian civilians as “war crimes” during Thursday’s briefing, instead repeating that the United States “supports efforts to document and investigate reports of potential war crimes in Ukraine.”
“The fact is that we have seen very credible reports of deliberate attacks on civilians, which, under the Geneva Conventions, would constitute a war crime,” he said in a State Department briefing on Thursday, citing the attacks. In the hospital in Mariupol And strikes on schools, hospitals, buses, cars and ambulances.
“We are appalled by the brutal tactics used by the Russian Federation, the Kremlin, in waging this war of choice,” Price said.
Thomas Greenfield said that the question of whether Russia is guilty of war crimes is one that “is asked every day, and we work with others in the international community to document the crimes that Russia is committing against the Ukrainian people.”
In an interview with the BBC, Thomas Greenfield said she could not predict how war crimes would be prosecuted, but “what is important is that we collect the evidence and that the evidence is ready and available to be used”.
The ambassador also noted that the United States supports the ICC’s investigation into Russia’s actions in Ukraine, even though the United States is not a member of the ICC and has been critical of other ICC investigations.
“We have always been in favor of the criminal court taking action when action is needed,” she said.
What other US officials say: Secretary of State Anthony Blinken He said on Sunday That the United States was looking into “credible reports of deliberate attacks on civilians, which would constitute a war crime,” but did not announce that the United States had made an assessment that Moscow was guilty of war crimes.
“What we’re doing now is documenting all of this, putting it all together, looking at it, and making sure that as appropriate people and organizations and institutions that investigate whether war crimes have been committed or are being committed, we can support that,” Blinken said on CN’s State of the Union. “Whatever they are doing.” “So we are now looking at these reports. They are very credible. We document everything.”
Meanwhile, US Vice President Kamala Harris stop without calling Russia’s actions in Ukraine ‘war crimes’ as civilians continue to be killed in conflict
“We are also very clear that any deliberate attack on innocent civilians is a violation,” said Harris, who was speaking alongside Polish President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw on Thursday.
“The United Nations has established a process whereby a review and investigation will be conducted, and of course we will participate as appropriate and necessary,” she added.
Harris said the images from Ukraine clearly showed the atrocities that occurred, even before the investigation determined what they might be called.