The administration of President Biden is sending mixed signals about Russian war crimes during Ukraine’s ongoing invasion. Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, said Friday that a strike on the Ukrainian nuclear power station would be considered a war crime by the U.S government.
Psaki stated that an internal review was ongoing before last night. It gathered evidence and data about the targeting of civilians and the use of horrendous weapons of war in Ukraine.
“It’s an ongoing process. We are still in the process of evaluating. It is a legal review that involves the administration.
However, the U.S Embassy to Ukraine indicated Friday morning that Russians had committed war crimes.
It is a war crime for a nuclear power station to be attacked. The embassy tweeted that Putin’s attack on Europe’s largest nuclear power plant is a further step in his reign of terror.
Numerous reports claim that hundreds of civilians were killed in the bombardment of Ukraine by Russian forces. At least four people were killed and 10 injured when a cluster munition strike struck a hospital.
In 1864, the first Geneva Convention outlawed attacks on medical personnel on the field.
“We can’t confirm the use of cluster munitions inside Ukraine. We also cannot confirm the existence or use of thermobaric weapons within Ukraine. U.S. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Ambassador to the United Nations, stated Wednesday.
We cannot confirm these reports. Instead of speculating on what this might mean, I’d just say that we have seen them and that we cannot confirm those reports.
Cluster munitions contain smaller bombs but are explosives. They can be used to raze entire neighborhoods and strike large areas.
After claiming that Moscow had attacked a kindergarten, an orphanage, and promising Ukraine to send evidence, Ukraine’s foreign minister accused Russia of “war crime.”
Dmytro Kuleba tweeted that “Today’s Russian attack on a kindergarten orphanage and a kindergarten are war crimes” referring to the agreement which established the International Criminal Court.
According to a watchdog report, Russia has vetoed more U.N. Security Council votes than any other member. Recent investigations into war crimes in the Syrian civil War have been blocked by Russia.