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Is Putin guilty of war crimes?

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Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights via a video conference call at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence, outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021. (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

The fight between Russian forces against Ukraine is intensifying and becoming barbaric, as civilians have been targeted.

Russian forces are now said to have targeted civilian areas with cluster bombs.

Ukraine’s president, as well as human rights organizations, say that Vladimir Putin’s actions constitute a war crime.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio says he fears Russia’s president will turn to a scorched earth strategy.

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The White House has made very clear that it supports international, multilateral efforts to investigate war crimes to hold Russia accountable, if these crimes are committed in Ukraine.

The International Criminal Court has now started the process of an investigation into war crimes there, with the prosecutor saying that there is reason to believe that a violation of the Geneva Convention it is being committed.