Joe Biden has called for Vladimir Putin to be tried for war crimes and said he will seek more punishment after reported atrocities in Ukraine.
“You saw what happened in Bucha,” Biden said.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, the US president stressed the importance of gathering evidence of war crimes and was asked if genocide had been committed. He replied, “No, I think it’s a war crime.”
He said, “I will continue to add more penalties.” When asked for details, he replied, “I’ll let you know.”
Biden’s comments to reporters came after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy visited Bucha, one of the towns surrounding Kyiv where Ukrainian officials said civilian bodies had been found. Zelenskiy called the Russian actions “genocide” and called on the West to apply tougher sanctions against Russia.
The bodies of 410 civilians have been removed from towns in the Kyiv region that were recently retaken from Russian forces, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova said. Associated Press reporters saw the bodies of at least 21 people at various locations around Bucha, northwest of the capital.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen tweeted on Monday that the European Union would send investigators to Ukraine to help the local prosecutor general document war crimes.
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