Russia-Ukraine war latest: Biden calls for Putin war crimes trial; Borodyanka worse than Bucha, says Ukrainian prosecutor








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Jake Sullivan, the US national security adviser, told reporters: “We had already concluded that Russia committed war crimes in Ukraine and the information from Bucha appears to show further evidence of war crimes.

“And as the president said, we will work with the world to ensure there is full accountability for these crimes. We are also working intensively with our European allies on further sanctions to raise the pressure and raise the cost on Putin and on Russia.”

Sullivan outlined four main sources to build the case for war crimes: information gathered by the US and its allies including intelligence; what the Ukrainians do on the ground to develop the case and document the forensics; international organisations including the UN; global independent media’s work producing images, interviews and documentation.

This package can withstand “the assault on the truth” that is sure to come from Russia, Sullivan said.

He noted that the US has previously worked with the international criminal court despite not being a signatory “but there are a number of reasons why one might consider alternative venues as well”. Any decision about the form of a war crimes trial would not be made in Washington, Sullivan added, but “would be made in consultation with allies”.

Asked why Biden declined to use the term genocide, Sullivan said: “We have seen atrocities, we have seen war crimes. We have not seen a level of systemic depravation of life” that constitutes genocide.

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