WASHINGTON, May 17 (Reuters) – The United States announced on Tuesday the launch of a new program to collect and analyze evidence of alleged war crimes and other atrocities committed by Russia in Ukraine, as Washington seeks to hold Moscow accountable for its actions.
In a statement, the US State Department said the so-called Conflict Observatory would document, verify and disseminate freely accessible evidence of Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
US President Joe Biden has slammed Russia for what he described as ‘major war crimes’ in Ukraine, underscoring his determination to hold Moscow to account for what is Europe’s biggest armed conflict since World War II.
Kyiv has denounced atrocities and brutalities against civilians since the start of the Russian offensive on February 24, saying it has identified more than 10,000 potential war crimes.
Moscow denies targeting civilians and describes, without proof, the images of atrocities as staged.
(Report Daphne Psaledakis; French version Jean Terzian)