The Pentagon reported this Monday that it is helping to collect evidence of war crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine, before possible processes in the future so that the authors render account before justice.
The spokesman for the US Department of Defense, John Kirbytold a press conference that they are contributing “to the investigation process”: However, “whatever comes out of that, it is not a decision that the Pentagon leadership is going to make,” the spokesman said.
Kirby stressed that the US is finding “indiscriminate attacks on civilians” Ukrainians by Russia and stressed that “in many cases” they are “intentional”.
“Clearly, (the Russians) are causing large numbers of civilian casualties,” he said.
Both the President of the United States, Joe Biden, as the Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, have accused Russian forces of committing war crimes in Ukraine.
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For now, the State Department has not made a formal declaration against Russia for having committed war crimes, but it has announced that it has opened a “legal” review in this regard.
On Monday, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock promised that Western countries will hold Russia “accountable” using “all available means and mechanisms.”
“The courts will decide, but for me are war crimes and crimes against humanity”, Baerbock said in a speech at the European Humanitarian Forum, organized jointly in Brussels by the European Commission and the French presidency of the Council.
During that forum, several foreign ministers of the European Union (EU) spoke about the protection of civilians in war.