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CNN team near Mykolaiv just meters from incoming artillery fire

State Department spokesman Ned Price speaks during a news conference March 10 in Washington, DC. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/Pool/AFP/Getty images)

The United States is supporting a multinational team to collect and analyze evidence of atrocities in Ukraine, State Department spokesman Ned Price said Monday.

“At this time, at the request of the Attorney General of Ukraine, the United States is supporting a multinational team of international prosecutors in the region to directly support the efforts of the Attorney General’s War Crimes Unit to collect, preserve, and analyze evidence of atrocities with a view toward pursuing criminal accountability,” Price said during a State Department briefing.

“Those responsible for atrocities must be held accountable, as must those who ordered them. They cannot and will not act with impunity,” Price added.

Price also said that based on the reports the United States has seen, the atrocities “are not the act of one rogue soldier,” but rather “are part of a larger and disturbing campaign.”

He noted that “as Russian forces retreated in recent days, the world was shocked by the horrific images of Kremlin brutality in Bucha and other towns near Kyiv. Civilians, many with their hands tied, apparently executed in the streets, others in mass graves.

“We see credible reports of torture, rape and civilians being executed alongside their families,” he said. “There are reports and images of a nightmarish litany of atrocities, including reports of landmines and booby traps left by Putin’s forces to injure even more civilians and slow the stabilization and recovery of devastated communities. after they failed in their objective and withdrew”.

“In line with its long tradition of accusing others of its own heinous acts, the Kremlin has issued a baseless and shameless denial of what we can all clearly see in Bucha and the liberated towns of Kyiv Oblast “, did he declare.

More background: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced on March 23 that the US government has determined that members of the Russian armed forces are committing war crimes in Ukraine.

At the time, Beth Van Schaack, Goodwill Ambassador for Global Criminal Justice, said the US government “will continue to follow up on reports of war crimes from Ukraine, and we will share this information with our friends and allies and with the international community”. and multilateral institutions, as appropriate.

“It will be an ongoing process throughout this conflict,” she said.

Blinken reiterated this in his CNN State of the Union interview on Sunday, saying, “Since the assault, we have come out and said that we believe Russian forces have committed war crimes and we we have been working to document this, to provide the information we have to the relevant institutions and organizations that will put this all in place, and there must be accountability for this.