Kremlin: The US Just Confessed To Imminent War Crimes In Ukraine

Statements made by National Security Council spokesman John Kirby on the Sunday news shows have been seized upon by the Kremlin as a clear demonstration the US has ‘confessed to war crimes’. 

Kirby in a fresh interview with ABC was defending President Biden’s approving cluster bombs for Ukraine, which are banned by over 120 countries internationally for being ‘indiscriminate’ and thus more likely to result in civilian deaths. Kirby at one point told ABC that “we can all agree that more civilians have been and will continue to be killed by Russian forces… than will likely be hurt by the use of these cluster munitions.”

The administration’s consistent rationale has been to say that while yes – this opens up Ukraine’s military to the greater likelihood of committing war crimes – it’s essentially OK because Russia is doing it. Russia in particular is highlighting Kirby’s admission that some civilians “will likely be hurt” by US-supplied cluster bombs.

Russia’s ambassador to Washington, Anatoly Antonov took note of Kirby’s ‘confession’. We have taken note of the Director for Strategic Communications of the NSC John Kirby’s statements about the provision of cluster munitions to Ukraine. The official de facto confessed to the United States committing war crimes during the Ukrainian conflict.

He overtly stated that civilians would fall victim to cluster-type weapons. He continued, “According to the perverted view of the White House representative, this does less harm than the actions of Russia.”

Multiple leading Western allies have pushed back against the Washington decision, with Germany, the UK, Canada, Austria, and Spain all voicing their disapproval. But Kirby and the administration have emphasized it’s all about “keeping Ukraine in the fight.”

Kirby in the ABC interview admitted Ukraine’s counteroffensive is going slower than expected, and that the rate of artillery fire is higher than what the West can keep up with. Kirby also admitted the higher risk of children and civilians being hurt by unexploded ordinance which is typical of cluster munition usage…

“We are very mindful of the concerns about civilian casualties and unexploded ordinance being picked up by civilians or children and being hurt, of course, we’re mind of that.”

He then sought to justify it by saying the US will join Ukraine in de-mining efforts “when war conditions permit”. He essentially shrugged off the criticisms that more civilians, Ukrainians in particular, could be severely maimed or die by cluster munitions. Watch:

Other groups and activists have warned it marks an escalation which is to provide greater dangers to civilians now and in the future. Sceptics of NATO policy have accused the White House and the Western allies of seeking to weaken Russia by “fighting to the last Ukrainian” while sabotaging peace negotiations. Kirby’s words bolster that thesis.


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