US Vice President Kamala Harris has formally accused Russia of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in Ukraine since the invasion. Harris spoke at the Munich Security Conference, attended by representatives of 150 governments, to recount in detail some of the 30,600 cases of war crimes that the US State Department claims to have cataloged and documented in Ukraine. The vice president mentioned cases such as “systematic attacks against the civilian population, murders, torture, robberies, summary executions, rapes, and deportations of hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians to Russia, including children forcibly separated from their families.” In addition, he highlighted the images of the pregnant woman killed in the maternity ward, the corpses in Bucha, and the man killed while riding a bicycle.
At the conference, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also spoke, urging the representatives of the 150 governments to expedite compliance with the agreements and make quick decisions to limit Russia’s potential. Jens Stoltenberg, head of NATO, urged Western allies to give Ukraine what it needs to win and prevail as a sovereign and independent nation in Europe. He added that the biggest risk of all is for Putin to win, as the message to him and other authoritarian leaders would be that they can use force to get what they want.
China was also referred to and asked to use its influence to stop the war. German Minister Annalena Baerbock reminded Foreign Minister Wang Yi that as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China is obliged to use its influence to ensure world peace. In short, representatives of the 150 governments gathered at the Munich Security Conference are calling for peace and justice in Ukraine and calling for Russia to be held accountable for its actions.
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