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U.S. Senate to recognize Russian actions in Ukraine as genocide

Jul 22, 2022

Senators introduced a draft resolution recognizing the actions of Russia in Ukraine, such as deportations and intentional killing of civilians, as genocide.

The draft was submitted by Jim Risch and Ben Cardin, reports European truth, citing a message on the website of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs.

“There is no question that what Russia is doing in Ukraine is a genocide,” said Risch. “If you could walk the streets of Kyiv, Irpin and Hostomel like I did last month, and listen to the stories of what the Russian soldiers have done, this is a genocide. The international community is documenting the many Russian abuses that constitute war crimes across Ukraine. It’s time the United States and the world recognize it as such.”

The second initiator of the resolution, Ben Cardin, emphasized: “For five months, the world has seen the brutal, unjustified, and utterly senseless war Russia’s dictator has unleashed on Ukraine. Russia is trying to eviscerate not just the people and the buildings of Ukraine, but also they are trying to eliminate the Ukrainian language, Ukrainian history and Ukrainian culture. This is genocide. The world must recognize this fact and those responsible must be held accountable.”

The draft resolution condemns Russia for committing acts of genocide against the people of Ukraine and calls on the United States, along with NATO and EU allies, to support the government of Ukraine to prevent further acts of Russian genocide against the Ukrainian people.

The document also supports tribunals and international criminal investigations to hold Russian political leaders and military personnel accountable for war of aggression, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.

As reported before, in a resolution approved on June 23, the Committee called for Russia to be recognized as a sponsor of terrorism. The final decision on this issue is to be made by the Executive Office of the President.

Author - Anastasiya Glotova, 22/07/2022

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