EU Top Diplomat Asserts: Russia Will Be Held To Account For Its War Crimes

Written by Henrik Rothen

Jan.03 - 2024 12:04 PM CET

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'Russia Will Be Held To Account For Its War Crimes'

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Josep Borrell, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, made a firm statement on January 2, asserting that Russia will be held accountable for its war crimes against Ukraine.

This declaration comes in the aftermath of Russia's recent extensive missile and drone attacks on Ukrainian cities, including Kyiv, Kharkiv, and others.

Borrell's statement on X emphasized the severity of Russia's actions, stating,

“Russia started the new year by shooting over a hundred of missiles and drones at Kyiv, Kharkiv and other cities, targeting civilians, destroying residential neighborhoods and life-supporting infrastructure.”

This attack, involving 16 Tu-95MS strategic bombers launching several missiles, including ballistic Kinzhals, and more than 130 means of destruction, resulted in significant casualties and damage. At least five people were killed, and more than 130 were injured, with extensive fires and destruction reported in nine of ten districts in the capital.

The EU diplomat's stance reflects the growing international condemnation of Russia's actions in Ukraine. The commitment to holding Russia accountable for these actions underscores the EU's support for Ukraine and its sovereignty.

The statement from Josep Borrell comes on the same day as the OSCE calls for an immediate ceasefire between Russia and Ukraine. Read more about it below.