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Have your say: Should the UK follow the US and officially declare Putin a war criminal?


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The US Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution condemning Russian President Vladimir Putin as a war criminal, a rare show of unity in American politics.

The resolution, backed by senators of both parties, encouraged the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague and other nations to target the Russian military in any investigation of war crimes committed during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a speech on the Senate floor: ”All of us in this chamber joined together, with Democrats and Republicans, to say that Vladimir Putin cannot escape accountability for the atrocities committed against the Ukrainian people.”

The USA has also signed off $13.6 billion (£10.4bn) in aid to Ukraine as it continues to fight Russia’s soldiers.

Putin has been adamant that his invasion of Ukraine is justified to “denazify” the country, and has chosen to tell the Russian people it is a “special military operation”.

However, President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine has said Putin is committing genocide against the Ukrainian people.

But as Putin fails to pull the wool over everyone else’s eyes, should the UK do the same and class the Kremlin leader as a war criminal?

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