A top US State Department official said Wednesday that it is likely United States will ultimately determine that genocide has been committed in Ukraine.
In an interview with CNN Newsroom, Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland said US President Joe Biden “spoke from his heart when he called what we’re seeing in Ukraine genocide by the Russian Federation and its forces.”
Nuland said that the US has “a process of collecting evidence over time” in order to make a formal government determination of genocide.
“But I am going to predict that what President Biden called it is what we will ultimately likely find when we are able to gather all of this evidence,” Nuland said, “because what is happening on the ground is not an accident. It is an intentional decision by Russia by its forces to destroy Ukraine and its civilian population.”
Asked why sanctions haven’t had a deterrent effect on Russian President Vladimir Putin, Nuland replied that it is because Putin “doesn't care about his people or his country, he only cares about his own imperial ambition.”
“He doesn't see that what he is doing is not only turning Ukraine into rubble, it's also turning Russia into a prison,” she said.