Blinken says he believes Russia is committing war crimes

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Blinken says he believes Russia is committing war crimes

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday that he believes Russian forces are committing war crimes in Ukraine, citing the reported murder of civilians and shelling of non-military targets by invading forces.

“Intentionally targeting civilians is a war crime,” Blinken told reporters. “After all the destruction of the past few weeks, I find it difficult to conclude that the Russians are doing otherwise.”

Blinken specifically called out Russian troops for intentionally bombing a theater in the southern city of Mariupol where hundreds of civilians, including children, were sheltering. He also noted a brutal shooting in the northern city of Chernihiv, where Russian forces gunned down at least 10 Ukrainian citizens standing in line for bread.

“These incidents join a long list of attacks on civilian, non-military locations across Ukraine, including apartment buildings, public squares and last week, a maternity hospital in Mariupol,” Blinken said. 

A building in Donetsk damaged by shelling.
A building in Donetsk damaged by shelling.
EPA
A video still of refugees taking shelter in Donetsk.
A video still of refugees taking shelter in Donetsk.
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Blinken backed Biden's assertion that Russia's actions amounted to "war crimes."
Blinken backed Biden’s assertion that Russia’s actions amounted to “war crimes.”
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“I doubt that any of us who saw those images will ever forget.”

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