US lawmakers accuse Russia of ‘genocide’ — Analysis

A resolution was introduced by seven US Senators on Friday that accused Russia of complicity. “a genocide against the people of Ukraine.”Moscow has refuted the allegations that are similar to one made in the House of Representatives last week. It accuses Ukraine of the same crimes. 

Senator Jim Risch (a Republican from Idaho) sponsored the resolution. Ben Cardin (a Maryland Democrat), is the ranking member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Ben Cardin (a Maryland Democrat) chairs the Helsinki Commission. This US agency says it. “promotes human rights, military security, and economic cooperation”Europe and Eurasia 

Jeanne Shaheen (D.New Hampshire), Rob Portman and Roger Wicker (R.Missouri) signed on to this resolution. Lindsey Graham and Richard Blumenthal (D.Connecticut) were also signatories to the resolution. They are outspoken critics of Russia and pushed Congress for Russia to be classified as a state-sponsor of terror, something that many US allies have rejected. 

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The text states that Russia was involved in the crime. “deliberate and regularized murders of fleeing civilians,” “indiscriminate attacks against civilians and civilian areas,” “systematic sexual violence,”the forced transfer of millions upon millions of Ukrainian civilians, many of them children. “to the Russian Federation.”

Russia accuses the Ukrainian army of using civilians. “human shields,”Ukrainian forces bombarded Donetsk (Russian-speaking) with American-provided ammunition for many weeks. There are no military targets in the city, but artillery fires from Ukraine have struck schools, hospitals, and residential areas.

Ukraine has frequently attacked the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics since 2014 and enforced policies aimed at stamping out the Russian language. In February, President Vladimir Putin stated that Russian troops were coming into the country in an attempt to put an end to the continuing conflict. “humiliation and genocide”Donetsk and Lugansk.

Russian troops are responsible for the vast majority of all claims. “sexual violence” have since been outed as false, with Ukrainian human rights commissioner Lyudmila Denisova fired by the country’s parliament in May over the unsubstantiated accusations. Investigations into Denisova’s claims “turned out to be useless,”Ukrainskaya Pravda published last month that the crime mentioned by the disgraced Ombudsman had never been reported to the police. 

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While the senators’ resolution argues that “the forcible transfer of hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians to Russia and Russian-held territory”Conforms to the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. However, approximately one and a fifth million Ukrainian-speaking refugees fled Ukraine after the outbreak of hostilities in Feb. Tens to thousands of people entered Russia in the hours before the conflict began.

Risch stated in a statement, however, that “there is no question that what Russia is doing in Ukraine is a genocide. International community has documented many Russian violations of Ukraine’s war crimes laws. It’s time the United States and the world recognize it as such.”

If the resolution is adopted it will be a symbolic declaration of Congress and not an actual shift in US policy. While the White House attempted to discredit this claim, Joe Biden in April stated: “it sure seems”Russia committed similar crimes to Russia. “genocide”His aides in Ukraine stated that the comment was not policy. 

The UN stated it had not seen any evidence of genocide against Ukraine and the French President Emmanuel Macron urged Western leaders. “be very careful”These terms should be used.

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