The draft’s text has been published on the Foreign Affairs Committee’s website, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
“There is no question that what Russia is doing in Ukraine is a genocide,” said Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho).
He recalled the crimes that the Russian troops had committed in Irpin, Hostomel, and other Ukrainian settlements. “The international community is documenting the many Russian abuses that constitute war crimes across Ukraine. It’s time the United States and the world recognize it as such,” said Senator Risch.
Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), who heads the U.S. Helsinki Commission, said Russia’s actions constitute genocide, which does not limit itself to war.
“Russia is trying to eviscerate not just the people and the buildings of Ukraine, but also they are trying to eliminate the Ukrainian language, Ukrainian history and Ukrainian culture. This is genocide. The world must recognize this fact and those responsible must be held accountable,” Senator Cardin said.
The resolution condemns Russia for committing acts of genocide against the people of Ukraine; calls on the United States, along with NATO and EU allies, to support the government of Ukraine to prevent further acts of Russian genocide against the Ukrainian people; and supports tribunals and international criminal investigations to hold Russian political leaders and military personnel accountable for a war of aggression, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.
The draft was introduced by U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), chair of the U.S. Helsinki Commission and author of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
As Ukrinform reported earlier, Ukraine’s Ambassador to the United States, Oksana Markarova, underlined the importance of U.S. Congress recognizing as genocide the crimes committed in Ukraine by the Russian invasion forces.