Warning: This story contains details that may be disturbing to some. Reader discretion is advised. President Joe Biden on Monday called for a war crimes trial against Russia President Vladimir Putin and said he’d seek more sanctions after reported atrocities in Ukraine. “You saw what happened in Bucha,” Biden said.
He added that Putin “is a war criminal.” Read more: What happened in Bucha, Ukraine? Here’s what you need to know Biden’s comments to reporters came after Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited Bucha, one of the towns surrounding Kyiv where Ukrainian officials say the bodies of civilians have been found.
Zelenskyy called the Russian actions “genocide” and called for the West to apply tougher sanctions against Russia. Biden, however, stopped short of calling the actions genocide.
The bodies of 410 civilians have been removed from Kyiv-area towns that were recently retaken from Russian forces, Ukraine’s prosecutor-general, Iryna Venediktova, said. Read more: Civilian deaths in Bucha, Ukraine spark global outrage Associated Press journalists saw the bodies of at least 21 people in various spots around Bucha, northwest of the capital. “We have to continue to provide Ukraine with the weapons they need to continue the fight.