Joe Biden’s administration will check if the military conflict in Eastern Europe breaches international warfare rules.
The White House is aware of allegations that Russian forces abused Ukraine residents and supports investigating whether deploying cluster bombs in densely populated areas “would constitute a war crime.”
“We have seen very credible reports of deliberate attacks on civilians which would constitute a war crime,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, according to Reuters. “We have [also] seen very credible reports about the use of certain weapons.”
Blinken claims the U.S. government has already begun documenting these claims and examining their credibility.
“[We are] looking at it and making sure that as people and the appropriate organizations and institutions investigate whether war crimes have been or are being committed that we can support whatever they are doing,” he said according to the newswire agency.
The Democrat suspects there is a high degree of truth to these war crime allegations.
“Right now, we are looking at these reports—they are very credible and we are documenting everything,” he said according to CNN.
The International Criminal Court recently launched an investigation into potential war crimes during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The U.S. Embassy in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv has already criticized Russia’s attack on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Enerdohar, 425 miles southeast of Kyiv.
“It is a war crime to attack a nuclear power plant. [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s shelling of Europe’s largest nuclear plant takes his reign of terror one step further,” an embassy representative said on Twitter.
The U.S. Department of State Department urged all American embassies across Europe to delay sharing the Kyiv embassy’s remarks, according to the broadcaster.