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UK says there is "very very strong evidence" Russia's Putin behind war crimes in Ukraine

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UK says there is "very very strong evidence" Russia's Putin behind war crimes in Ukraine
UK says there is "very very strong evidence" Russia's Putin behind war crimes in Ukraine   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2022

LONDON – Britain said on Thursday there was “very, very strong evidence” of war crimes being committed in Ukraine and that Russian President Vladimir Putin was behind them, but it stopped short of calling him a war criminal.

U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday called Putin a war criminal in comments the Kremlin said were “unforgivable”.

Asked if Britain was prepared to echo those remarks, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss told BBC radio:

“There’s very, very strong evidence that war crimes have been committed and that Vladimir Putin is behind them.”

“It is ultimately a matter for the International Criminal Court to decide who is or isn’t a war criminal, and for us to bring the evidence.”