Russia and its ruler Vladimir Putin have been accused of serious war crimes ever since the invasion on Ukraine last year.
Whatever the perceived threat to the security of Russia from Ukraine by its desire to join NATO, military invasion cannot be justified. Moreover, indiscriminate attack on civilins and residential areas is beyond defensible.
Though accusations of crimes against humanity are mostly symbolic, as they do not trigger any international consequences—including in the U.S.—because “crimes against humanity” are not officially codified in any international treaty, according to the United Nations. Yet, such accusations tarnish the national image of the country in question, and thereby reduce its soft power.
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The US Vice President Kamala Harris, in an address to the Munich Security Council Saturday, cited civilian deaths in an attack on Mariupol, mass deportations of Ukrainian children, “gruesome acts” of murder, torture, rape, as well as “execution-style killings, beatings and electrocution” of Ukrainian civilians by Russian military forces.