Targeting schools, hospitals, and children’s shelters. Shelling civilians trying to flee through a mutually agreed evacuation corridor. Shooting civilians standing in line waiting for food. If these are not war crimes then the term has no meaning.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Thursday stopped short of characterizing Russia’s attacks against civilians as war crimes, saying the matter is under review, but called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to “cease these horrible actions.”Austin, during a press conference with Slovak Defense Minister Jaroslav Nad in Slovakia on Thursday, was asked whether Russia’s actions in Ukraine – specifically against civilians – are considered war crimes.RUSSIA INVADES UKRAINE: LIVE UPDATES”Well, certainly we’ve all been shocked by the brutality that we continue to witness day in and day out,” Austin said. “These attacks that we’ve seen most recently appear to be focused directly on civilians.”Biden went further than Austin on Wednesday when he said that Putin was a “war criminal.”Defense Secretary Austin stops short of accusing Russia of war crimes | Fox News