20:43 21 Jul 2022

US Senate presented draft resolution recognizing russia's actions in Ukraine as genocide

A bipartisan group of high-ranking US senators presented in the Upper House a draft resolution on recognizing russia's actions in Ukraine, which it is committing in an unprovoked war, as genocide of the Ukrainian people.

The document's text is posted on the US Senate Committee on International Relations' official website.

"There is no question that what russia is doing in Ukraine is a genocide," said Republican Jim Risch, one of the resolution's authors.

In this connection, he recalled the crimes committed by the russian military in Irpin, Hostomel, and other Ukrainian cities.

"The international community is documenting the many Russian abuses that constitute war crimes across Ukraine. It's time the United States and the world recognize it as such," the senator noted.

An influential legislator from the Democratic Party, the chairman of the US Helsinki Commission, Senator Ben Cardin, for his part, also emphasized that russia's actions against Ukraine are nothing more than genocide, and it is not limited to war.

"russia is trying to destroy not only people and buildings in Ukraine but also the Ukrainian language, Ukrainian history, and Ukrainian culture. It is genocide. The world must recognize this fact, and the guilty must be held accountable," Cardin emphasized.

The resolution, in particular, condemns russia for committing acts of genocide against the people of Ukraine and calls on the United States, together with its NATO and EU allies, to support the Ukrainian government to prevent further crimes. In addition, the document expresses support for tribunals and international criminal investigations to hold russian political leaders and military personnel accountable for the war of aggression, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.

The initiators of the resolution were Senators Jim Risch, Ben Cardin, Richard Blumenthal, Roger Wicker, Jeanne Shaheen, Rob Portman, and Lindsey Graham.

Read Rubryka's daily timeline of war: current news on Ukraine's defense against russia's aggression.

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