Biden says Putin should face war crimes trial over alleged atrocities in Ukraine

Washington – President Biden on Monday called for a war crimes trial against Russian President Vladimir Putin and said he would seek further sanctions afterward Reports on atrocities in Ukraine.

“You saw what happened in Bucha,” Biden said, adding that Putin is “a war criminal.”

Mr. Biden’s comments to reporters came after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited Bucha, one of the towns near Kyiv where Ukrainian officials say the bodies of civilians were found. On “Face the Nation” Sunday Zelenskyy called the Russian actions “genocide” and called on the West to impose tougher sanctions on Russia.

However, the President stopped calling the actions genocide.

The bodies of 410 civilians have been removed from towns in the Kyiv region recently retaken by Russian forces, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova said. Associated Press journalists saw the bodies of at least 21 people at various locations in Bucha, northwest of the capital.

“We must continue to provide Ukraine with the weapons it needs to continue the fight. And we need to gather all the details so that this can be an actual — a war crimes trial,” Mr. Biden said upon returning to Washington from a weekend trip to Delaware.

The President called Putin “brutal”.

“What is happening in Bucha is outrageous and everyone is seeing it,” Mr Biden added.

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen tweeted Monday that the European Union is sending investigators to Ukraine to help the prosecutor general there in “documenting war crimes”.

Mr. Biden noted that he was pushed back last month when he described Putin as a war criminal for the unfolding attack in Ukraine after hospitals and maternity wards were bombed. In his comments on Monday, Mr. Biden made it clear that the label still applies.

“This guy is brutal and what is happening to Bucha is outrageous and everyone has seen it,” the president said.

Investigations into Putin’s actions began ahead of new allegations of atrocities outside of Kyiv.

The US and more than 40 other countries are working together to investigate possible violations and abuses after the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution establishing a commission of inquiry. There is another investigation by the International Criminal Court, an independent body based in the Netherlands.

Meanwhile, Mr Biden’s chief envoy to the United Nations, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, announced on Monday that the US plans to seek a suspension of Russia from its seat on the United Nations’ top human rights body after further allegations by Russian forces could be made of war crimes committed in Ukraine. This requires a resolution of the UN General Assembly.

Russia and the other four permanent members of the UN Security Council – Britain, China, France and the United States – currently all have seats on the 47-member Judicial Council based in Geneva. The US rejoined the Council this year.

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