U.S. is collecting evidence of possible Russian war crimes in Ukraine

U.S. is collecting evidence of possible Russian war crimes in Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a joint news conference with the Lithuanian foreign minister in Vilnius, Lithuania March 7, 2022.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: This article contains a graphic photo of soldiers removing human remains.

The United States is collecting evidence of possible war crimes by Russia during its ongoing invasion of Ukraine, a National Security Council spokesperson told NBC News on Monday.

The U.S. is also investigating possible human rights abuses and violations of international law by Russia, the spokesperson said.

“We are appalled by Russia’s brutal tactics and the rising number of innocent civilians who have been killed in Russian strikes, which have reportedly hit schools, hospitals, kindergartens, an orphanage, residential buildings, and those fleeing through humanitarian corridors,” the spokesperson told NBC News.

“We are collecting evidence of possible war crimes, human rights abuses, and violations of international humanitarian law,” they said. “We support accountability using every tool available, including criminal prosecutions where appropriate.”

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Police officers prepare to remove the bodies of passersby killed in yesterday’s airstrike that hit Kyiv’s main television tower in Kyiv on March 2, 2022.
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