Democratic lawmakers ask DOJ to investigate alleged Russian war crimes

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Democratic Reps. Ted Lieu and Eric Swalwell of California in a letter Wednesday asked U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate whether Russia has committed war crimes by deliberately targeting civilians during its invasion of Ukraine.

The latest: Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday that the U.S. assessed that Russian forces are committing war crimes in Ukraine.

  • “We are committed to pursuing accountability using every tool available, including criminal prosecutions,” Blinken said.

Why it matters: The lawmakers, both former prosecutors, asked the Department of Justice to specifically investigate the deaths of two U.S. nationals in Ukraine who were not involved in active hostilities in the country.

  • Award-winning American journalist Brent Renaud was killed and another journalist was wounded by Russian forces on March 13 after their vehicle came under heavy gunfire…

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