U.S. formally accuses Russia “beyond doubt” of crimes against humanity: “They will be held accountable.”
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harrisassured this Saturday that Russia Has committed, “formally” and “without a shadow of a doubt.” crimes against humanity during its invasion of Ukraine.
“The United States has formally determined that Russia has committed crimes against humanity,” Harris assured during his appearance on Saturday at the Munich Security Conference.
“The United States has formally determined that Russia has committed crimes against humanity.”
Harris has pointed the finger at Russian forces for perpetrating widespread and systematic attacks against the civilian population.from executions to beatings to electrocutions.
The vice president has also accused Russia of “forcibly deporting hundreds of thousands of people from Ukraine.including children, all separated from their families.”
In his remarks, Harris described as “barbaric and inhumane” the dozens of victims found in Bucha shortly after the Russian invasion last February; the March 9 shelling of a maternity area in Mariupol in which three people, including a child, were killed; and the sexual assault of a four-year-old boy by a Russian soldier identified by the UN report.
“And I say to all those who have perpetrated these crimes, and to their superiors who are complicit in these crimes, they will be held accountable.”
“In the case of Russia’s actions in Ukraine, we have looked at the evidence, we know the legal standards, and, without a doubt: these are crimes against humanity,” the vice president and former U.S. attorney said. “And I say to all those who have perpetrated these crimes, and to their superiors who are complicit in these crimes, they will be held accountable“, he added in his speech.
Shortly thereafter, the U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinkenhas emphasized the distinction of the charges in a statement in which he reiterated the formal accusation against Moscow for attacks that “are neither random nor spontaneous”; they are part of a “systematic Kremlin operation against the civilian population of Ukraine”.
“We have reserved determinations of crimes against humanity for. the most heinous crimes. Today’s determination underscores the staggering scope of human suffering inflicted by Moscow on the Ukrainian civilian population,” the secretary of state added.
“This determination also reflects the deep commitment of the United States to hold members of the Russian forces accountable. and other Russian officials for their atrocities against the people of Ukraine,” he added.