Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

Russia repeats history with its war crimes in Ukraine

By Jason Fields, The Week

The scenes in the Kyiv suburbs are devastating: masses of bodies piled in shallow graves; people found tortured and killed — their “crime” unclear — and reports of widespread rape.

Russian President Vladimir Putin “is brutal, and what’s happening in Bucha is outrageous and everyone’s seen it,” President Biden told reporters after seeing images from the area. “I think it is a war crime … He should be held accountable.”

If history is a guide, these attacks on civilians by the Russian military in Ukraine may be only the beginning of something much, much worse — at least in scale. Few countries are innocent of war crimes, but Russia’s military stands out in its record of atrocities and for how personal they are.

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