Blinken Says Putin Will Be Held Accountable for His “War Crimes”

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In some of his strongest words since the war in Ukraine began, Secretary of State Tony Blinken says that Vladimir Putin’s actions cannot be tolerated by the world community and that the US will take the lead to be sure he is held accountable for his “war crimes.”

During a recent TV appearance, Blinken said that the US cannot become “numb” to images of death and destruction in Ukraine, vowing “accountability” for war crimes. 

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

Blinken said the US is documenting any potential war crimes and vowed “accountability.”

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

“I think the most important thing is we can’t become numb to this. We can’t normalize this,” Blinken added. 

Host Dana Bash also added that Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that “Russians aim to eliminate as many Ukrainians as they can” and asked Blinken if he sees this as “genocide.”

“We will look hard and document everything that we see, put it all together. Make sure that the relevant institutions and organizations that are looking at this, including the State Department, have everything they need to assess exactly what took place in Ukraine,” Blinken responded. 

Meanwhile, during an almost simultaneous broadcast, on CBS’s competing Sunday show, Face the Nation, Ukraine’s president Zelensky did not hold back in using that word, responding to the events in Bucha as indeed “genocide.”

“This is genocide. We are the citizens of Ukraine, and we don’t want to be subdued to the policy of [the] Russian Federation. This is the reason we are being destroyed and exterminated. And this is happening in the Europe of the 21st century,” Zelensky said.

4 Comments
  1. Gerry says

    HAHAHAHAHA blinken winken and nod — couldn’t hold Putin resposible for anything that he does let alone war crimes. Another demoSCUM trash spewing empty threats along with his garbage.

  2. RobL says

    What are Blinken and Dementia Joe gonna do? Bake Putin a cake and have a party to thank him for only killing 200,000 Ukrainians? Party hats, noise makers and streamers?

    What an idiot. Putin is having his borscht and laughing himself silly.

  3. SANDRA HOLLAND says

    THAT IS JUST IGNORANT BY OUR IGNORANT HEAD OF GOVERNMENTS TO HOLD PUTIN RESPONSIBLE FOR GENECIDE WAR CRIMES! BECAUSE PUTIN JUST DON’T CARE ABOUT ANY REPROCUSSIONS! HE WILL COMMIT SUICIDE 1ST JUST LIKE HIS REAL DADDY HITLER SR.! NEITHER DOES IT HELP THE THOUSANDS & MILLIONS OF DEAD UKRANIANS BEING KILLED BY THE IGNORANT PRESIDENT & ALL THE OTHER COUNTRY PRESIDENT’S TRYING TO FOLLOW HIS DICTATORSHIP TAKING OVER CONTROL OVER ALL PEOPLE BY FORCE! WHERE ARE THE SECRET AGENTS IN RUSSIA THAT NEED TO GO AFTER PUTIN DIRECTLY? HOW CAN ALL THE RUSSIAN’S NOT BE ABLE TO SPEAK, THINK & BELIEVE FOR THEMSELVES? HOW ARE ALL THE MILLIONS OF RUSSIAN’S SO IGNORANT TO BELIEVE ALL THAT ONE IGNORANT SOB NAMED PUTIN WITH THE SMALL PENIS HAVE TO SAY & ALL THAT HE SAYS? THEY KNOW & BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE SANCTIONS GOING ON & THEY HAVE TO KNOW WHY! THEY HAVE TO KNOW WHY ALL OF THE BUSINESSES ARE CLOSING DOWN IN RUSSIA & WHY & WHY THERE ARE SHORTAGES & THEY HAVE TO KNOW WHY! NOW THERE SON’S & HUSBAND’S HAVE TO CALL THEM & STAY IN TOUCH & THEY HAVE TO KNOW THEY ARE THE ONE’S IN UKRANE, NOT UKRANE IN RUSSIA & THEY HAVE TO KNOW THAT THEIR MEN ARE DYING & NEVER WILL GO BACK TO RUSSIA! IT IS ONE THING TO KNOW & NOT SAYING ANYTHING IN PUBLIC DUE TO THEY KNOW THAT THEIR FREE SPEECH IS BEING TAKEN AWAY & THEY WILL BE IMPRISSIONED! THEY HAVE TO KNOW THAT HAS ALREADY HAPPENED TO TO THEIR OWN RUSSIAN’S & THEY CAN’T DENY THOSE IMPRISSIONED RUSSIAN’S WERE ARRESTED DUE TO THEY KNEW & SPOKE OUT ABOUT THE WAR IN UKRANE & THE HORRENDOUS ACTS THAT BASTARD OF A DEVIL PUTIN WHO IS COMMITTING & WILL EVENTUALLY DIE & GO TO HELL & SO WILL HIS FAMILY! I WONDER HOW THAT COLD HEARTED SOB WILL FEEL & ACT WHEN IT HAPPEN’S TO HIS KIDS & THE WOMEN & MEN IN LIFE WILL BE SLAUGTERED WHEN THEIR HIDDING PLACES ARE FOUND? I WONDER IF HE WILL ADMIT IT WAS BECAUSE OF ALL THAT HE KILLED? I DOUBT IT! PUTIN IS THE DEVIL HIMSELF & HE WILL EVENTUALLY BE CAST INTO THE UNENDING DEPT’S OF HELL & WILL BURN FOR EVER! I JUST WISH IT WAS NOW THAT PUTIN WAS DESTROYED BY GOD! BECAUSE MEN IN GOVERNMENT DON’T HAVE THE BALL’S TO STOP THE DEVIL PUTIN! THERE IS JUST NO WAY THAT MILLIONS OF RUSSIAN’S DON’T KNOW THAT THEIR PEOPLE ORDERED BY PUTIN IS KILLING MILLIONS OF BABIES, CHILDREN, WOMEN & MEN & DESTROYING ALL OF UKRANE LEAVING NOTHING BEHIND! THERE IS JUST KNOW WAY ALL OF THOSE RUSSIAN’S ARE THAT IGNORANT! OR MAYBE THEY CHOOSE TO BE! BUT THERE IS POWER IN THOUSAND’S & MILLION’S OF NON MILLIATRY TO TAKE BACK RUSSIA FROM PUTIN STARTING WITH RUSSIAN MOTHER’S ASKING THEIR SON’S TO STEP DOWN OUT OF WAR, OUT OF ARRESTING RUSSIAN’S FOR FREEDOM OF SPEECH & AGAINST PUTIN & ALL OF THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT! BECASUE IF THEY DON’T DON’T ALLOW ANY MORE RUSSIAN’S BACK INTO THE U.S. OR ANY OTHER COUTRIES FOR ANY REASONS EVER FOR THE NEXT 100 YEAR’S! “EVER”! FOR BEING SO IGNORANT LIKE PUTIN & NOT BELIEVING THAT THERE IS AN ACTUAL RUSSIAN WAR KILLING UKRANIAN WAR GOING ON & NOT BELIEVING IT IS REAL & NOT STANDING UP TO THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT & PUTIN & MOST OF ALL BECAUSE THEY ARE STANDING WITH PUTIN!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Ray says

    He will be accountable just like Hillary is being held accountable for the “Russian Collusion “ thing. Ain’t gonna happen.
    Besides, didn’t she make some agreement with the Russians giving them uranium? I wonder if that is what he used to make his “Nukes”.

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