On the 16th, Joe Biden accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of continuing indiscriminate attacks on civilians in Ukraine, saying, “I think he is a war criminal.” He told reporters at the White House. This is the first time United States President Joe Biden has publicly mentioned Russian war crimes over the invasion of Ukraine, according to US media.
U.S. Presidential spokesman Jen Psaki explained at a press conference that the U.S. Department of State is in the process of collecting information and other legal proceedings so that international organizations can investigate the existence of war crimes. “Emphasis. “We talked about the brutal dictator’s aggression and barbaric behavior that we saw on television,” she said.
Since the invasion of Ukraine began, the Russian army has repeatedly attacked hospitals, schools, housing and other non-military civilian facilities and the “humanitarian corridor” set up to evacuate civilians. According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Ukraine has at least about 700 civilian deaths and more than 1,100 injured.
US Presidential spokesman Jen Psaki said at a press conference on the 16th that Mr. Biden’s remarks were “heartfelt words” witnessing “barbaric behavior by a fierce dictator.”
The U.S. Department of State is investigating the existence of war crimes over the invasion of Ukraine, but Mr. Biden and senior government officials have been cautious about finding war crimes by the Russian army. There appears to be caution against having to deepen intervention in Ukraine to thwart war crimes.
In response, the U.S. Congress unanimously adopted a resolution on the 15th that the Senate accused Mr. Putin of being a war criminal and encouraged the International Criminal Court (ICC, Headquarters Hague) and other countries to investigate war crimes. There was increasing pressure on the Biden administration to further clarify its hard-line stance on Russia.
Although the ICC has launched an investigation into the invasion of Ukraine, it is highly unlikely that Russia, a non-member country, will hand over the suspect and cooperate in the investigation.
The United States is also not a member of the ICC and opposes investigations into war crimes involving US soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.