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The war in Ukraine. US Ambassador to the OSCE: Putin is probably aware of Russian crimes in Ukraine

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Russia is invading Ukraine. According to the US ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Russian President Vladimir Putin is most likely aware of the torture, rape, forced relocation and other war crimes committed by his soldiers in the occupied territories.

– We want to emphasize that no one will be outlawed and everyone will be held accountable – said the US ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Michael Carpenter. The American diplomat stressed that “we can assume that a large part of the Russian authorities should be aware of what is happening in Ukraine.”

Commenting on the crimes committed by Russian soldiers in Bucza near Kiev, Carpenter remarked that “it is difficult to imagine that the Kremlin would not know in April what was happening in that city”.

Bucha after the withdrawal of Russian troops (10/05/2022)Aziz Karimov / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images

Zelensky: over 34,000 crimes committed by Russians

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On Thursday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, law enforcement agencies had registered 34,039 crimes committed by Russian troops in the country. – I believe that the International Criminal Court will inevitably punish crimes under its jurisdiction – genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes – he reported via a video link at the conference in The Hague on the settlement of war crimes committed in Ukraine.

As he emphasized, a special tribunal should be established to deal only with the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Zelenskiy explained that such a tribunal would bring justice to “those who started this catastrophe.” In his opinion, he should prosecute the Russian authorities, because it may be for them to avoid responsibility most easily. “It cannot be allowed to happen,” he said.

Main photo source: Aziz Karimov / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images

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