Japan has requested that the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigate the killing of civilians in the Kyiv region by Russia as a possible war crime, the country's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Tuesday.
"The killing of these innocent civilians is a war crime, and our country has requested the International Criminal Court investigate this. I believe that Russia must be held strictly accountable," Kishida told reporters.
On Monday, Kishida expressed shock and dismay in response to the "terrible atrocities" perpetrated against Ukrainian civilians in the town of Bucha on the outskirts of Kyiv.
Some background: Images of bodies strewn across the street in Bucha emerged over the weekend following the withdrawal of Russian forces from the area, prompting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to call for an end to Russian "war crimes." On Wednesday, US President Joe Biden declared "major war crimes" were being discovered in Ukraine as Russian forces retreat from areas around Kyiv.