Joe Biden called for Vladimir Putin to be tried for war crimes on Monday following the killings of civilians in the city of Bucha, Ukraine.
Biden said the images coming from Bucha warranted calling Putin a “war criminal,” adding, “but we have to gather the information. We have to continue to provide Ukraine with the weapons they need to continue the fight and we have to get all the details so this can be an actual…war-crime trial.”
“This guy (Putin) is brutal and what’s happening in Bucha is outrageous and everyone’s seen it,” Biden said.
Images released this weekend show civilian bodies – many with bound hands, close-range gunshot wounds and signs of torture – strewn across a street following the withdrawal of Russian forces, and reporters observed a mass grave in the town with residents saying they believe at least 150 people are buried there.
Western outrage intensified with EU leaders denouncing “massacres,” “atrocities,” and “possible genocide.” The EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, said the bloc was urgently working on a new round of sanctions against Moscow.
EU ready to send war crimes investigators to Ukraine
The European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, says the EU is ready to send joint investigations teams to Ukraine to document alleged Russian war crimes and crimes against humanity. Additionally, she has spoken with the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, on the “dreadful murders” that were uncovered over the weekend.
Germany has expelled 40 Russian envoys over the atrocities in Bucha near Ukraine’s capital Kyiv and further measures with allies are being prepared, local news reports.
Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock added that Berlin would also boost its support to Ukraine’s armed forces.
UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has said the UK will insure perpetrators of atrocities in Ukraine are brought to justice.
Speaking alongside Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba during a visit to Warsaw, Truss also said the UK needs to announce “a tough new wave of sanctions” on Russia.
Greece condemns “horrific crimes”
In a statement on Monday, the Greek foreign ministry expressed its unequivocal condemnation of the horrific crimes committed during the withdrawal of Russian occupation forces against Ukrainian civilians in the Ukrainian city of Bucha.
The ministry said that those responsible for these crimes must be held accountable. It also called for the immediate investigation of the crimes and the punishment of responsible parties.
Russia denies murdering civilians
The Kremlin has categorically denied any accusations related to the murder of civilians in the Ukrainian town of Bucha and has claimed that Ukrainian allegations on the matter should be treated with doubt.
Russia’s foreign ministry said that footage of dead civilians in the Ukrainian town of Bucha had been “ordered” by the United States as part of a plot to blame Russia.