US Senate brands Putin a war criminal

The United States Senate has voted unanimously to condemn Vladimir Putin as a war criminal.

The rare cross-party vote called on the International Criminal Court at The Hague to probe Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine.

Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer said in a speech on Tuesday ahead of the vote that Putin should be held accountable for “atrocities” in Ukraine.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a sponsor of the bill, said in a statement: “The next step for me is to work with our British allies and hopefully others to create an intel cell that will make available to the public Russian military units engaged in war crimes and start naming their commanders.

“A name-and-shame campaign is in the making.”

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