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Second.  Blinken says we can’t get ‘numbed’ to Putin’s war crimes, promises ‘accountability’


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Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States could not become “insensitive” to images of death and destruction in Ukraine, swearing “responsibility” for war crimes.

“You can’t help but see these images as a punch in the stomach,” Blinken said on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday. He was reacting to photos from Bucha, Ukraine, near kyiv, showing photos of civilian men who were allegedly executed and left on the streets, according to the town’s mayor.

Blinken said the United States was documenting all potential war crimes and vowed to “account.”

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“We said before Russia’s aggression that we thought it was likely that they would commit atrocities. Since the aggression, we have said that we believe Russian forces have committed war crimes. And we We have worked to document that to provide the information we have to the relevant institutions and organizations that will put this all together and that there must be accountability in this.”

Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks after viewing the “Burma’s Path To Genocide” exhibit at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, Monday, March 21, 2022. Blinken says the violent crackdown on the predominantly Muslim Rohingya population in Myanmar amounts to genocide. Monday’s statement is intended to both generate international pressure and lay the groundwork for possible legal action. (Kevin Lamarque, Pool via AP)
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“I think the most important thing is that we can’t become desensitized to this. We can’t normalize this,” Blinken added.

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Host Dana Bash also added that Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Sunday that “the Russians are aiming to eliminate as many Ukrainians as possible”, and asked Blinken if he considered this “genocide”.

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“We’re going to be watching carefully and documenting everything we see, putting it all together. Make sure the relevant institutions and organizations looking at this, including the State Department, have everything they need to assess exactly what happened in Ukraine,” he added. Blink replied



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