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Biden Calls for Putin to Face a War Crimes Trial

Following reports of atrocities in Ukraine, President Joe Biden called for a war crimes prosecution for Russian President Vladimir Putin and further sanctions against Russia on Monday.

“You may remember I got criticized for calling Putin a war criminal. Well, the truth of the matter, you saw what happened in Bucha… He is a war criminal,” Biden said.

Biden stated that further proof of war crimes must be gathered, and that arms must continue to be delivered to Ukraine.

“This guy is brutal and what’s happening in Bucha is outrageous, and everyone’s seen it,” Biden said.

Biden also stated that he will “continue to impose additional sanctions.””

The US will announce the penalties later this week, according to National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan “Increase the cost and the pressure on Putin and Russia.”

He didn’t go into detail, but he did say that further penalties against Russia’s energy industry are being considered.

Atrocities in Bucha “provide further evidence of war crimes,” Sullivan said, echoing the president, adding the Biden administration will work with allies to secure “full accountability for these crimes.””

The International Criminal Court is one forum where war crimes have been tried, according to Sullivan, but the US will work with partners to choose the procedure.

Although there is precedent for how a trial could take place during a conflict, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated that the Biden administration does not want to “prejudge” how the process should proceed.

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