Biden denounces “major war crimes” committed by Russians in Ukraine

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US President Joe Biden on Wednesday accused Russia of committing “major war crimes” in Ukraine, promising to impose more sanctions on Moscow.

At a conference of construction trade unions in Washington, Biden spoke of images of lifeless bodies littering the streets of the Ukrainian town of Boutcha and “civilians executed in cold blood” after forces withdrew Russians.

“What is happening is nothing less than major war crimes”, denounced the American president, stressing that “responsible nations must unite to hold those responsible accountable”.

“Together with our allies and partners, we will continue to impose devastating economic costs on Moscow and deepen its economic isolation,” Biden said, vowing to “stifle” Russia’s economic development.

Earlier on Wednesday, Washington imposed sanctions on the two daughters of Russian President Vladimir Putin as well as two major banks and banned all new investment in Russia, amid developments in the Ukrainian city of Bucha.

In a press release, the White House announced a new salvo of sanctions against Russia, in coordination with the European Union and the G7, after hundreds of civilian bodies were discovered in Boutcha, a city northwest of kyiv recaptured from the Russians by the Ukrainians.

On February 24, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine, which provoked anger and multiple reactions on an international scale, as well as the imposition of unprecedented and most severe financial and economic sanctions against from Moscow.

Russia poses as a prerequisite, to put an end to its operation, the renunciation of Ukraine to its plans to join military entities and alliances, including NATO, and the adoption of a status of “total neutrality “, which kyiv considers to be an “interference in its sovereignty”.​​​​​​​

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*Translated from Arabic by Majdi Ismail


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