The Biden administration has formally determined that Russian troops committed war crimes in Ukraine and said it would work with others to prosecute offenders.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, “Today I can announce that, based on information currently available, the U.S. government believes that members of Russian forces have committed war crimes in Ukraine.”
He made the announcement as he traveled to Brussels with President Joe Biden for an emergency summit of NATO leaders.
The assessment was based on a “careful review” of public and intelligence sources since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine last month, he said.
The top US diplomat said the United States would share this information with allies, partners and international institutions charged with investigating allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
He said: “We have seen numerous credible reports of indiscriminate attacks and attacks deliberately targeting civilians, as well as other atrocities.
“Russian forces destroyed apartment buildings, schools, hospitals, critical infrastructure, civilian vehicles, shopping malls and ambulances, killing or injuring thousands of innocent civilians.”
He cited attacks on the civilian population in the besieged city of Mariupol and elsewhere.