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“War crimes”: The EU condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Ukraine has previously called on EU lawmakers to recognize Russian President Putin as a “criminal war”.

Brussels:

The European Union condemns Russia’s “grave violations and war crimes” in Ukraine, EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell said on Thursday.

“The European Union condemns in the strongest possible terms the continued pursuit of the Russian civilian force and their representatives by the civilian population and civilian infrastructure of Ukraine, as well as the siege of the city of Mariupol,” Borrell said in a statement.

Ukraine has accused Russia of bombing hundreds of theaters in the eastern city of Mariupol, where they were taking refuge, despite a sign saying “children” in Russian, engraved on the ground on both sides of the building.

Mariupol City Council said in a telegram that “about 30,000 people have gone on the transport,” adding that “80 percent of the homes have been destroyed.” He said he was “clarifying information about the victims” of the theater bombings.

“These deliberate attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure are shameful, reprehensible and completely unacceptable. They are serious violations of international humanitarian law,” Borrell said.

Russia has no right to use unilateral force in a third country under international law and “thus bears full responsibility for the military attack and the destruction and loss of life it causes,” the EU’s top diplomat said.

“The perpetrators of these serious violations and war crimes, as well as government officials and military leaders, will be held accountable,” he said.

Earlier on Thursday, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksi Reznikov called on EU lawmakers to recognize Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “criminal war” and called on the bloc to increase its supply of weapons to fight Moscow forces.

The request came after US President Joe Biden erupted in anger in the Kremlin on Wednesday, calling the Russian leader a “criminal war” for his forces’ bombing of Ukrainian cities.

The Hague International Criminal Court has opened an investigation into possible war crimes in Ukraine.

Borrell also called on Russia on Thursday to establish “unhindered humanitarian access to Ukraine.”

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and has been published from a union feed.)

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