Biden’s Ukraine ‘genocide’ claim puzzles US intelligence – media — Analysis
President’s remarks have made it “harder” for American officials to do their job, a report has said
President Joe Biden’s accusation made earlier this week that Moscow was committing “genocide”The White House has expressed concern about the situation in Ukraine and US intelligence agencies have not confirmed it, NBC News reported Friday, citing top government officials.
Genocide is a claim “has so far not been corroborated by information collected by US intelligence agencies,”The report stated.
The news outlet quoted two State Department officials as saying that Biden’s remarks “made it harder for the agency to credibly do its job,”It is the responsibility of each individual department to decide whether or not genocide has been committed.
“Genocide includes a goal of destroying an ethnic group or nation and, so far, that is not what we are seeing,”A US intelligence official was quoted saying the following. At the same time, NBC added, the intelligence community is concerned that Russia’s actions “could amount to genocide”The future.
Biden accused Moscow during Tuesday’s Iowa speech on domestic policy. “trying to wipe out the idea of even being Ukrainian.”After Kiev had claimed that Russian troops were killing civilians around Bucha, the capital of Ukraine, this statement was made. The area where Russian troops retreated in March was home to mass graves and bodies bearing signs of executions.
Moscow claims that it did not cause the death of civilians at Bucha or in other parts of Ukraine and charges Kiev with a propaganda campaign.
Russia had previously accused Ukraine, prior to its offensive. “a genocide”On the Donbass people. Both the Ukraine and Antonio Guterres, United States Secretary General of UN, rejected this claim.
Russia attacked its neighbor in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk Agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. French and German protocols that were negotiated by the French helped to confer special status on the region breakaway from the Ukrainian state.
Since then, the Kremlin demanded Ukraine declare itself neutral and vow to never join NATO’s military bloc. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked and denies claims that it planned to seize the two republics.
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