Zelenskyy calls for a Nuremberg-style tribunal to prosecute war crimes
Volodymyr Zelenskyy is Ukraine’s President. He was interviewed by some Russian media via videolink as Russia continues to attack Ukraine.
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WASHINGTON — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for a Nuremberg-style tribunal to investigate and prosecute Russian war crimes in a Tuesday speech before the United Nations Security Council.
Zelenskyy spoke for nearly twenty minutes before the forum, stating that “the Russian military and those who gave orders to them must be immediately brought to justice for war crimes against Ukraine.”
Zelenskyy was summoned to the United Nations Security Council after claims from Ukraine that more than 300 civilians were killed and tortured in Bucha. These bodies were found after Moscow withdrew troops from the region near Ukraine’s capital. Zelenskyy described Bucha’s consequences, which he witnessed firsthand on Monday as a “genocide”. accused Russia of war crimes.
Zelenskyy explained that while the Bucha massacre was one instance of Russia’s actions on Ukraine for 41 days, it is not the only.
On April 4, 2022, President Volodymyr Zelensky (C), walks through Bucha in northwest Ukraine.
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Russia saw renewed outrage worldwide over this weekend horrific images emerged of bodies scattered across the streets, some with their hands tied and gunshot wounds to the back of the head.
Zelenskyy declared that “anyone who gave criminal instructions and executed them by killing our citizens will be brought to the tribunal. It should be the same as the Nuremberg tribunals.”
Zelenskyy remarks are ahead of an American-led proposal for Russia to be expelled from the Human Rights Council.
U.S. The proposal was presented by Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield to the United Nations Security Council. Russia has a permanent membership that gives it the ability to veto any resolutions.
“Based on the currently available information, the United States has assessed that members of Russia’s forces have committed war crimes in Ukraine,” Thomas-Greenfield said on Tuesday. The evidence is mounting and Russia cannot be given authority within an organization whose goal, it seems, is to respect human rights. Not only is this the height of hypocrisy, it is dangerous,” she said.
Her statement that Russia’s inclusion on the council harmed its credibility “undermines UN, and it is plain wrong”
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Joe Biden, the President of the United States called Vladimir Putin, Russian leader, a “war criminal”. should be put on trial for ordering violence in Ukraine.
Biden stated that “this guy is brutal” and described Bucha’s events as “outrageous”. He also said, “I believe it is a war criminal… “He should be held responsible.”
Before departing for Brussels to attend meetings at NATO and the G-7, Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters traveling with him that the reports of Russian war crimes in Ukraine are “more than credible.”
“What we have seen in Bucha was not a random act by a rogue group. This is a campaign designed to murder, torture, rape and commit atrocities. These reports are credible. “The evidence is available for all to see,” Blinken stated.
On Tuesday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated that the alliance was working closely with UN’s International Criminal Court to investigate Russian war crimes committed in Ukraine.
The war crime of targeting and killing civilians is to be considered as a war crime. The alliance chief stated that all facts need to be established, and those who committed these atrocities should be held accountable.
Stoltenberg briefed journalists from NATO headquarters before Wednesday’s meeting of foreign ministers. He stated that the alliance has reliable evidence of war crimes in Bucha and other locations in Ukraine.