The UK says Russian attacks on civilians must be probed as war crimes

Britain’s foreign minister said that Russian attacks on civilians must be investigated as war crimes, on Sunday. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said in a statement that the government is seeing “increasing evidence of appalling acts by the invading forces in towns such as Irpin and Bucha”, close to Kyiv.

Truss said that Russian troops’ “indiscriminate attacks against innocent civilians during Russia’s illegal and unjustified invasion of Ukraine must be investigated as war crimes”. She also called for harsher sanctions, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted late Saturday that the UK would “continue to step up military, economic and diplomatic support, including further ramping up sanctions”.

Truss said it was essential that the international community “continues to provide Ukraine with the humanitarian and military support it so dearly needs, and that we step up sanctions to cut off funding for Putin’s war machine at source”.

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