Ukraine war: Liz Cheney says Russian strike on Ukraine train station that killed civilians ‘clearly is genocide’

“I think Europe needs to understand and deal with the fact that it has a genocidal campaign, the first kind of horrible genocidal campaign that we’ve seen, certainly in decades,” he told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”

Cheney added that European countries must “understand that they are financing this genocidal campaign” through the purchase of oil and gas from Russia, and must impose an embargo on Russian oil and gas.

At least 50 people, including five children, were killed and nearly 100 more wounded on Friday by a Russian missile attack on a train station in Kramatorsk where they were waiting to be evacuated, Ukrainian officials said on Friday.

World leaders condemned the attack, with the US State Department calling it “yet another example of the Russian government’s brutal unwarranted war sowing wanton death and destruction in Ukraine.”

The Biden administration has accused Russia of war crimes and is supporting investigations into Russia’s actions in Ukraine by helping to document atrocities, but stopped short of calling the killings “genocide.”

The United Nations defines genocide as “acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group”, including “killing members of the group”, “causing serious physical or mental harm to members”. of the group”, and “deliberately imposing on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its total or partial physical destruction”.

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan downplayed the importance of the genocide “label” in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.

“In my opinion, the label is less important than the fact that these acts are cruel, criminal, wrong and wicked, and need a decisive response, and that’s what we’re doing,” Sullivan said when pressed by Tapper about the Carnage. Russian civilians in Ukraine.

In a separate interview with ABC’s “This Week,” Sullivan said the administration views the attribution as a legal distinction.

“That’s a determination we systematically work on,” he said. “There is a unit in the State Department that gathers evidence and then does a legal analysis, because genocide is really a legal determination.”

Appearing on “State of the Union,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told CNN that “it is clear that Putin is systematically targeting civilians,” saying that is why Canada has supported a Criminal Court investigation. War Crimes International.

Asked by Tapper whether Russia’s actions in Ukraine constitute genocide, Trudeau said: “Those are the things that will be determined.”

“Obviously the messages that we’re seeing, the stories of what Russian soldiers are doing, not just the killing of civilians, but the systematic use of sexual violence and rape, to destabilize and have the greatest possible negative impact on the Ukrainian people is absolutely inexcusable and unacceptable,” he added.

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