Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday called out Russian forces for their reported attacks of “agreed upon humanitarian corridors,” urging Russia to “stop these attacks immediately,” as the Biden administration continues its ongoing review of whether Russian aggression against civilians has reached the level of war crimes.
During a joint press conference with Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs, Blinken slammed Russia’s ongoing “unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine,” which began 12 days ago.
Since then, Blinken said, “more than 1.5 million people, mostly women and children, have had to flee Ukraine, flee their homes.”
“In the last several days, more strikes have killed and wounded civilians as they try to leave the cities that are being surrounded by Russian forces,” Blinken said, pointing to the “women and children, the elderly, wounded civilians, people with disabilities” trying to “escape cities where there’s no heat, no electricity, relentless bombardment, and where they’re running out of food and medicine.”
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