US Vice President Kamala Harris on Saturday accused Russia of committing “crimes against humanity” in Ukraine and said Russian forces had carried out “widespread and systematic” attacks on the country’s civilian population.
She made the comments at the Munich Security Conference just days before the one-year anniversary of Russia’s aggression, which sparked the first war in Europe in decades.
“The United States has formally determined that Russia has committed crimes against humanity,” she told world leaders at a meeting for the first time that the United States designated Russia’s actions in Ukraine as such.
“Their actions are an attack on our shared values and our common humanity,” she said. “Russian forces have pursued widespread and coordinated attacks on civilians.”
Harris has leveled the list of allegations in Moscow’s military.
The former prosecutor said, “I say to everyone who has committed these crimes, and to their superiors who are complicit in these crimes, you will be held accountable…justice must be served.”
– “Genocidal War” –
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleva welcomed the US statement, saying Russia had launched a “genocidal war”.
“All that comes out is crimes against humanity, war crimes and various atrocities committed by the Russian army on Ukrainian territory,” he said in Munich.
However, he also expressed concern that there was not enough evidence to charge “certain individuals”.
The International Criminal Court is investigating war crimes and crimes against humanity in Ukraine, and EU Director-General Ursula von der Leyen last year floated the idea of a “special tribunal” to try Russian officials on the war. Let
The three-day conference is attended by high-ranking officials, including the presidents of France and Germany, China’s top diplomat Wang Yi, and a large US delegation including Harris and US Secretary of State Anthony Brinken.
Russia, which normally sends Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to the event, was not invited this year.
Calls for military assistance to Ukraine were also heard on the second day of Saturday’s meeting, with Kiev reiterating its plea for the speedy delivery of weapons to ensure a successful counterattack.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg urged the allies to “give Ukraine what it needs to win and win as a sovereign and independent state in Europe.”
After weeks of hesitation, Berlin agreed last month to send German-made Leopard tanks to Ukraine, but is struggling to get promises from allies to form a coalition to deliver the latest tanks. .
And Zelensky’s demands for Western supporters to provide fighter planes to Kiev have received a generally tepid response.
But Britain has said it will start training Ukrainian pilots and consider sending jets in the long term.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak made further comments to British media in Munich. “We are happy to help any country that can provide Ukraine with fighter planes now,” he said.
“The UK is also ready to help these countries.”
– China problem –
Despite concerns that China was deepening relations with Russia despite the conflict, Wang said China was playing a constructive role and supported dialogue and potential peace talks. claimed.
He added that on the anniversary of the war, China will issue a document stating its position on the “peaceful settlement” of the dispute.
In a meeting with Wang between meetings, US Secretary of State Anthony Brinken said that “China has not provided material assistance to Russia or helped it systematically evade sanctions.” He warned the king that if he did, there would be consequences.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Beerbock cautiously welcomed the announcement on the document, saying: But the question is what will happen to this peace?”
Kleba said he would not comment on China’s position without first seeing it, but added: ”
In the Netherlands, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced the expulsion of more Russian diplomats. This is the latest twist in a series of diplomatic sanctions related to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
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