Secretary of State Antony Blinken, speaking on behalf of the Biden administration, said, “Today, I can announce that, based on information currently available, the U.S. government assesses that members of Russia’s forces have committed war crimes in Ukraine.” This statement he said on his way to Brussels with President Joe Biden for an emergency summit of NATO leaders. He went on to say the U.S. will work with its allies to prosecute offenders.
America’s top diplomat said the United States would share that information with allies, partners and international institutions tasked with investigating allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The nations have seen enough credible evidences of Russian troops deliberately attacking civilians. The Russian troops have destroyed apartment buildings, schools, hospitals, civilian vehicles, shopping centers, ambulances, and critical infrastructures leaving thousands of innocent civilians killed or wounded.
How would they go about presenting war crime evidences in court?
-by helping to gather evidence against Russian forces in Ukraine, using some of the vast abilities it has deployed to track and monitor what has been happening in the conflict.
– by providing support and backing to a commission of inquiry established by the U.N. Human Rights Council.
-Russian forces and government officials could also be prosecuted in countries such as Spain and Germany, where legal codes recognize universal jurisdiction
Under U.S. law, an American citizen would have to be among the victims for charges to brought under existing statutes.