In the article “Crimes of War” (Upfront, Patricia Smith, 2022 subscription required) I learned about the sad perspective of some of the citizens of Ukraine on the ongoing conflict between the nation and Russia. This past spring, Russia retreated from a town by the name of Bucha. They left behind bodies of innocent citizens on the streets, in basements, and in backyards. Most of the victims had gunshot wounds to the head and some even had their hands tied behind their backs. These reckless and sadistic killings were fueled by the Russian soldiers’ frustration of being unable to advance on the city of Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. Other instances in which civilians were targeted in Bucha include Russian missile attacks on hospitals and schools, which have prompted accusations against Russian president Vladamir Putin of committing war crimes.Do you think Russia is guilty of committing war crimes in Ukraine?
I think that the accusations against Vladamir Putin and the Russian army of committing war crimes are justified. The killing of civilians is intentional, and inhumane manner which is considered a war crime in itself. I also think that bombing hospitals and schools, which are places that house many innocent civilians, is worthy of being considered a war crime because they have resulted in the killings of many more innocents including children.