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US, France pledge to hold Russia accountable for 'war crimes' in Ukraine

Post by ANI on Friday, December 2, 2022

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US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron pledged to hold Russia accountable for "widely documented atrocities and war crimes" committed by the regular armed forces in Ukraine, the two leaders said in a statement issued by the White House.

Both the leaders "reiterate their steadfast resolve to hold Russia to account for widely documented atrocities and war crimes, committed both by its regular armed forces and by its proxies, including mercenary entities such as Vagner and others, through support for international accountability mechanisms, including the International Criminal Court, the Ukrainian prosecutor general, UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry, and the OSCE Moscow Mechanism, sanctions, and other means," the statement reads. Following the meeting between the US President and the French President, the leaders came together for a joint press conference and together condemned Russia's illegal war of aggression against Ukraine and stress that "intentionally targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure constitutes war crimes whose perpetrators must be held accountable."

Both the leaders also condemned and reject Russia's illegal attempted annexation of sovereign Ukrainian territory, in clear violation of international law.(ANI)

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