Ukraine claims 410 bodies found in recaptured towns; Zelenskyy accuses Russia of genocide. Follow our live updates

Sam Meredith

This is CNBC’s live blog tracking Sunday’s developments on the war in Ukraine. See below for the latest updates.

Ukraine’s top prosecutor said 410 bodies were found in towns recaptured from retreating Russian forces near Kyiv as part of an investigation into possible war crimes, according to reporting by Reuters. Some alleged witnesses, however, are so traumatized by their ordeal that they cannot yet speak, said Iryna Venedyktova, Ukraine’s prosecutor general.

The mayor in Bucha, a town 23 miles northwest of Kyiv that has been liberated by Ukrainian forces, told Reuters that 300 residents had been killed while fighters from Chechnya controlled the area.

Russia has denied allegations its troops killed civilians in Bucha. Ukrainian prosecutors were only able to enter the towns of Bucha, Irpin and Hostomel for the first time on Sunday and they need more time to work out the extent of the crimes, said Venedyktova.

“We need to work with witnesses,” she said, according to Reuters. “People today are so stressed that they are physically unable to speak.”

For his part, Ukrainian Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskiy reportedly has said it is clear hundreds of civilians had been killed but that he did not want to specify exactly how many there were.

Earlier, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russia of genocide against Ukrainian people, saying in an interview that: “We have more than 100 nationalities. This is about the destruction and extermination of those nationalities.”

Zelenskyy made those comments after warning that forces want to seize the east and south of the country. He also said Ukrainian forces had regained control over communities in Kyiv and Chernihiv.

Zelenskyy has also called for a ceasefire before meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.2 HOURS AGO

Satellite imagery shows a 45-foot-long trench where a mass grave has been discovered in Bucha

Satellite imagery of Bucha, Ukraine, from March 31 shows a 45-foot-long trench in an area where a mass grave has been identified, according to space company Maxar Technologies.

Before:

A satellite image shows the grave site with an approximately 45-foot (approximately 13,7 meters) long trench in the southwestern section of the area near the Church of St. Andrew and Pyervozvannoho All Saints, in Bucha, Ukraine, March 31, 2022. Picture taken March 31, 2022. Satellite image 2022 Maxar Technologies

A satellite image shows the grave site with an approximately 45-foot (approximately 13,7 meters) long trench in the southwestern section of the area near the Church of St. Andrew and Pyervozvannoho All Saints, in Bucha, Ukraine, March 31, 2022. Picture taken March 31, 2022. Satellite image 2022 Maxar TechnologiesMaxar Technologies | Reuters

After:

A satellite image shows first signs of excavation of a mass grave on the grounds of the Church of St. Andrew and Pyervozvannoho All Saints, in Bucha, Ukraine, March 10, 2022. Picture taken March 10, 2022.

A satellite image shows first signs of excavation of a mass grave on the grounds of the Church of St. Andrew and Pyervozvannoho All Saints, in Bucha, Ukraine, March 10, 2022. Picture taken March 10, 2022.Maxar Technologies | Reuters

View from the ground:

A man gestures at a mass grave in the town of Bucha, northwest of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on April 3, 2022.

A man gestures at a mass grave in the town of Bucha, northwest of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on April 3, 2022.Sergei Supinsky | AFP | Getty Images

— Maxar Technologies; Reuters; Sergei Supinsky | AFP | Getty Images3 HOURS AGO

Newly re-elected Pro-Putin leader Viktor Orban of Hungary calls Ukraine’s Zelenskyy an ‘opponent’

Viktor Orban, Hungary's prime minister, speaks to journalists as he arrives at a European Union (EU) leaders summit.

Viktor Orban, Hungary’s prime minister, speaks to journalists as he arrives at a European Union (EU) leaders summit.Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images

As Hungary’s nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban looked set to win today’s election, voters shrugged off concerns over Budapest’s embrace of Russian President Vladimir Putin while Orban called out Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as an “opponent.”

“We will remember this victory until the end of our lives because we had to fight against a huge amount of opponents,” Orban said in a speech, naming his perceived opponents as the Hungarian left, bureaucrats in Brussels, global media, George Soros, “and the Ukrainian president too — we never had so many opponents at the same time.”

Orban is known for his hard-right anti-immigration policies and has opposed imposing tough energy sanctions against Moscow.

— Terri Cullen4 HOURS AGO

Ukrainians lining up at U.S. embassies in Warsaw, other European capitals for visas: NBC News

NBC News' Josh Lederman reports from Warsaw, Poland, on Ukrainian refugees seeking U.S. visas at the American Embassy.

NBC News’ Josh Lederman reports from Warsaw, Poland, on Ukrainian refugees seeking U.S. visas at the American Embassy.NBC News

Following the Biden administration’s announcement that the U.S. would take in up to 100,000 Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion of their homeland, refugees are lining up by the hundreds at American embassies in neighboring countries for visas and other travel documents, according to NBC News.

They’re likely be in line for a while, with wait times for visitor visas ranging from 125 days in Poland to 301 days in Moldova, NBC News’ Josh Lederman reports. Approval is not guaranteed. Ukrainians with Americans relatives stand a relatively good chance of getting an immigrant visa, but others applying to arrive in the U.S. as visitors may be rejected if they can’t prove they plan to eventually return to Ukraine.

U.S. Ambassador to Poland Mark Brzezinski told NBC News that officials are working to speed up the visa application process. Watch the video of Josh Lederman’s report from Warsaw, Poland, here.5 HOURS AGO

Photos show inside Mariupol theater after Russian bombing

Photos show the interior of the Donetsk Regional Drama Theater in Mariupol, Ukraine, which bombed by Russia on March 16, 2022, while hundreds of civilians were sheltering inside. Local officials, citing witness accounts, estimate that 300 people were killed in the attack.

A view shows the building of a theatre destroyed in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine April 3, 2022. REUTERS/Stringer

A view shows the building of a theatre destroyed in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine April 3, 2022. Stringer | Reuters

An interior view shows the theatre destroyed in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine April 3, 2022. REUTERS/Stringer

An interior view shows the theatre destroyed in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine April 3, 2022. Stringer | Reuters

A view shows the building of a theatre destroyed in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine April 3, 2022. REUTERS/Stringer

A view shows the building of a theatre destroyed in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine April 3, 2022. Stringer | Reuters

An interior view shows the theatre destroyed in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine April 3, 2022. REUTERS/Stringer

An interior view shows the theatre destroyed in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine April 3, 2022. REUTERS/StringerStringer | Reuters

An interior view shows the theatre destroyed in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine April 3, 2022. REUTERS/Stringer

An interior view shows the theatre destroyed in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine April 3, 2022. REUTERS/StringerStringer | Reuters

Image appearing to show theater in Mariupol on March 14, prior to its bombing on March 16. The image appears to show the word "children" spelled out in Russian in front of and behind the theater.

Image appearing to show theater in Mariupol on March 14, prior to its bombing on March 16. The image appears to show the word “children” spelled out in Russian in front of and behind the theater.Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies

— Reuters6 HOURS AGO

Russia is using ‘a lot of manipulation’ to prop up the value of its currency, Blinken says

Russian one ruble coin and Russian flag displayed on a screen are seen in this multiple exposure illustration photo taken in Krakow, Poland on March 8, 2022.

Russian one ruble coin and Russian flag displayed on a screen are seen in this multiple exposure illustration photo taken in Krakow, Poland on March 8, 2022.Jakub Porzycki | Nurphoto | Getty Images

The dramatic recovery in the value of the Russian ruble is due, in large part, to “a lot of manipulation” from the government in Moscow, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken claimed in an interview Sunday.

The ruble traded at 84.62 per dollar, as of Friday, which is back near levels seen before the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine prompted historic economic sanctions against Russia. The ruble’s value initially plummeted, trading as low as 151.5 per dollar on March 7, according to FactSet data.

“When it comes to the ruble, it’s more than a little manipulation, it’s a lot of manipulation. People are being prevented from unloading rubles,” Blinken said in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” referring to capital controls implemented by Russia’s central bank.

“That’s artificially propping up the value. That’s not sustainable, so I think you’re going to see that change,” Blinken said, suggesting that the strict sanctions combined with Western businesses leaving Russia will, over the long term, weigh on the currency and economy writ large.

“The export controls that we’ve imposed on Russia, denying it the technology it needs to modernize industry after industry, that’s going to have an increasing bite,” he said.

— Kevin Stankiewiczhttps://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?creatorScreenName=smeredith19&dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3NrZWxldG9uX2xvYWRpbmdfMTMzOTgiOnsiYnVja2V0IjoiY3RhIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH0sInRmd19zcGFjZV9jYXJkIjp7ImJ1Y2tldCI6Im9mZiIsInZlcnNpb24iOm51bGx9fQ%3D%3D&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1510682906309668864&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnbc.com%2F2022%2F04%2F03%2Frussia-ukraine-live-updates.html&sessionId=aa9938f08cb2dc69016666c705280373ba0734f0&siteScreenName=CNBC&theme=light&widgetsVersion=f9f80a909a60b%3A1648751432723&width=550px7 HOURS AGO

Wreckage of the Antonov An-225, once world’s biggest aircraft, seen in Hostomel, Ukraine

A view of the wreckage of the Antonov An-225 Mriya cargo plane at an airshed in Hostomel, Ukraine, on April 3, 2022. The Mriya was once the world’s biggest aircraft but it was destroyed on or about Feb. 27, 2022, by Russian shelling as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continued.

HOSTOMEL, UKRAINE - APRIL 03: A view of the wreckage of Antonov An-225 Mriya cargo plane, the world's biggest aircraft, destroyed by Russian shelling as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, at an airshed in Hostomel, Ukraine on April 03, 2022. The wreckage of the world's largest cargo plane Antonov An-225, which was severely damaged and rendered unusable due to Russian bombardments, was viewed by Anadolu Agency. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The wreckage of the world’s largest cargo plane Antonov An-225, which was severely damaged and rendered unusable due to Russian bombardments, was viewed by Anadolu Agency. Metin Aktas | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images

HOSTOMEL, UKRAINE - APRIL 03: A view of the wreckage of Antonov An-225 Mriya cargo plane, the world's biggest aircraft, destroyed by Russian shelling as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, at an airshed in Hostomel, Ukraine on April 03, 2022. The wreckage of the world's largest cargo plane Antonov An-225, which was severely damaged and rendered unusable due to Russian bombardments, was viewed by Anadolu Agency. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

A view of the wreckage of Antonov An-225 Mriya cargo plane, the world’s biggest aircraft, destroyed by Russian shelling as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, at an airshed in Hostomel, Ukraine on April 03, 2022. Metin Aktas | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images

HOSTOMEL, UKRAINE - APRIL 03: A view of the wreckage of Antonov An-225 Mriya cargo plane, the world's biggest aircraft, destroyed by Russian shelling as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, at an airshed in Hostomel, Ukraine on April 03, 2022. The wreckage of the world's largest cargo plane Antonov An-225, which was severely damaged and rendered unusable due to Russian bombardments, was viewed by Anadolu Agency. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

A view of the wreckage of Antonov An-225 Mriya cargo plane, the world’s biggest aircraft, destroyed by Russian shelling as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, at an airshed in Hostomel, Ukraine on April 03, 2022. Metin Aktas | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images

HOSTOMEL, UKRAINE - APRIL 03: A view of the wreckage of Antonov An-225 Mriya cargo plane, the world's biggest aircraft, destroyed by Russian shelling as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, at an airshed in Hostomel, Ukraine on April 03, 2022. The wreckage of the world's largest cargo plane Antonov An-225, which was severely damaged and rendered unusable due to Russian bombardments, was viewed by Anadolu Agency. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

A view of the wreckage of Antonov An-225 Mriya cargo plane, the world’s biggest aircraft, destroyed by Russian shelling as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, at an airshed in Hostomel, Ukraine on April 03, 2022. Metin Aktas | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images

HOSTOMEL, UKRAINE - APRIL 03: A view of the wreckage of Antonov An-225 Mriya cargo plane, the world's biggest aircraft, destroyed by Russian shelling as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, at an airshed in Hostomel, Ukraine on April 03, 2022. The wreckage of the world's largest cargo plane Antonov An-225, which was severely damaged and rendered unusable due to Russian bombardments, was viewed by Anadolu Agency. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The wreckage of the world’s largest cargo plane Antonov An-225, which was severely damaged and rendered unusable due to Russian bombardments, was viewed by Anadolu Agency. Metin Aktas | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images

A view of the wreckage of Antonov An-225 Mriya cargo plane, the world's biggest aircraft, destroyed by Russian shelling as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, at an airshed in Hostomel, Ukraine on April 03, 2022.

A view of the wreckage of Antonov An-225 Mriya cargo plane, the world’s biggest aircraft, destroyed by Russian shelling as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, at an airshed in Hostomel, Ukraine on April 03, 2022.Metin Aktas | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images

— Anadolu Agency7 HOURS AGO

Russia denies killing civilians in Bucha, calls photos, film of alleged war crimes ‘staged’

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Russia denied widely reported allegations it had killed civilians in the Ukrainian town of Bucha, describing footage and photographs of dead bodies as a “provocation” and a “staged performance” by Kyiv.

Ukraine has accused the Russian military of massacring residents in the town, located northwest of the capital, an area Ukrainian troops said they recaptured on Saturday.

“All the photos and videos published by the Kyiv regime, allegedly testifying to the ‘crimes’ of Russian servicemen in the city of Bucha, Kyiv region, are another provocation,” Russia’s defense ministry said, in a statement.

A mass grave is seen behind a church in the town of Bucha, northwest of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on April 3, 2022.

A mass grave is seen behind a church in the town of Bucha, northwest of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on April 3, 2022.Sergei Supinsky | AFP | Getty Images

“During the time that Russian armed forces were in control of this settlement, not a single local resident suffered from any violent actions,” it said.

Moscow has previously denied allegations that it has targeted civilians, and has rejected accusations of war crimes.

— Reuters7 HOURS AGO

Polish PM calls for EU meeting to impose harsh sanctions

A photo shows damages from conflict areas in the Hostomel region, as Russian attacks on Ukraine continue, on April 03, 2022 in Bucha, Ukraine.

A photo shows damages from conflict areas in the Hostomel region, as Russian attacks on Ukraine continue, on April 03, 2022 in Bucha, Ukraine.Metin Aktas | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called for a meeting with European heads of state “as soon as possible” to impose hard-hitting sanctions on Russia following reports that the nation’s forces executed scores of Ukrainian civilians.

“The massacre in Bucha is more than an alarm bell for Europe and the world. It is a terrible cry for justice, freedom and the right to life; for basic and universal values,” Morawiecki said in a Facebook post. He added that Russian troops committed “acts of genocide.”

“The EU must confiscate all Russian assets in its western banks as well as those of Russian oligarchs. It must sever all trade relations with Russia without delay. European money must stop flowing to the Kremlin. Putin’s criminal and increasingly totalitarian regime needs to have one thing imposed on it: SANCTIONS WHICH ACTUALLY WORK,” he said.

— Jessica Bursztynsky7 HOURS AGO

Ukraine foreign minister: Russia’s war crimes make it ‘worse than ISIS’

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, pictured here at the Ukrainian Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, called Russia "worse than ISIS" after apparent evidence emerged of civilian atrocities near Kyiv.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, pictured here at the Ukrainian Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, called Russia “worse than ISIS” after apparent evidence emerged of civilian atrocities near Kyiv.Sopa Images | Lightrocket | Getty Images

Ukraine minister of foreign affairs Dmytro Kuleba said in a video on Sunday that “Russia is worse than ISIS,” referring to the Islamic extremist group.

“In its atrocities, in its crimes — both the scale of these crimes and the ruthlessness of the behavior of the Russian army in Ukraine,” Kuleba said in a video on Twitter.

“I don’t know where these soldiers were educated — what kind of values they have, if any,” Kuleba added. “It’s unspeakable.

“Rapes, tortures, murders — of civilians.”

He noted that Ukraine has begun work to prosecute “everyone involved in these crimes.”

Kuleba also said that he is “trying to prepare myself for images and videos which will come from Mariupol when we liberate it.”

“Probably they will be even more devastating,” Kuleba said.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?creatorScreenName=smeredith19&dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-1&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3NrZWxldG9uX2xvYWRpbmdfMTMzOTgiOnsiYnVja2V0IjoiY3RhIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH0sInRmd19zcGFjZV9jYXJkIjp7ImJ1Y2tldCI6Im9mZiIsInZlcnNpb24iOm51bGx9fQ%3D%3D&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1510662717501227010&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnbc.com%2F2022%2F04%2F03%2Frussia-ukraine-live-updates.html&sessionId=aa9938f08cb2dc69016666c705280373ba0734f0&siteScreenName=CNBC&theme=light&widgetsVersion=f9f80a909a60b%3A1648751432723&width=550px

 Michael Sheetz8 HOURS AGO

Scholz says West to agree more sanctions on Russia in coming days

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz gives a press statement about the war crimes discovered the day before in Bucha, Ukraine, at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany April 3, 2022.  Hannibal Hanschke/Pool via REUTERS

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz gives a press statement about the war crimes discovered the day before in Bucha, Ukraine, at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany April 3, 2022. Hannibal Hanschke | Reuters

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Sunday Western allies would agree further sanctions on Russia in the coming days over its invasion of Ukraine and the “atrocities” committed by Russian troops in a town near Kyiv.

Russian President Vladimir “Putin and his supporters will feel the consequences” of their actions, he said, in a statement to reporters in the chancellery. “And we will continue to make weapons available to Ukraine so the country can defend itself against the Russian invasion.”

—Reuters8 HOURS AGO

Civilians take shelter from Russian artillery in Kharkiv

Civilians are seen taking shelter from Russian artillery in the Kharkiv area of Ukraine.

Civilians are seen taking shelter from Russian artillery in the Kharkiv area of Ukraine on April 3, 2022.

Civilians are seen taking shelter from Russian artillery in the Kharkiv area of Ukraine on April 3, 2022.Wolfgang Schwan | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images

Civilians are seen taking shelter from Russian artillery in the Kharkiv area of Ukraine on April 3, 2022.

Civilians are seen taking shelter from Russian artillery in the Kharkiv area of Ukraine on April 3, 2022.Wolfgang Schwan | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images

Civilians are seen taking shelter from Russian artillery in the Kharkiv area of Ukraine on April 3, 2022.

Civilians are seen taking shelter from Russian artillery in the Kharkiv area of Ukraine on April 3, 2022.Wolfgang Schwan | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images

Civilians are seen taking shelter from Russian artillery in the Kharkiv area of Ukraine on April 3, 2022.

Civilians are seen taking shelter from Russian artillery in the Kharkiv area of Ukraine on April 3, 2022.Wolfgang Schwan | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images

Civilians are seen taking shelter from Russian artillery in the Kharkiv area of Ukraine on April 3, 2022.

Civilians are seen taking shelter from Russian artillery in the Kharkiv area of Ukraine on April 3, 2022.Wolfgang Schwan | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images

Getty Images8 HOURS AGO

U.S. to send more aid as Moldova embraces Ukraine war refugees

US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield makes a statement at a stakeout at the Security Council at UN Headquarters. Meeting was convened at the request of the Russian Federation who accused Ukraine of developing biologi

US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield makes a statement at a stakeout at the Security Council at UN Headquarters. Meeting was convened at the request of the Russian Federation who accused Ukraine of developing biological weapons under the tutelage of the United States without providing any evidence.Lev Radin | Lightrocket | Getty Images

The United States will give Moldova $50 million to help it cope with the impacts of Russia’s war against Ukraine, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said during a visit to the former Soviet republic on Sunday.

She said the funding would support programs, training and equipment for border management, efforts to counter human trafficking, help to improve accountability and transparency in the justice sector, and combat corruption and cybercrime.

Nearly 400,000 refugees have already fled Ukraine through Moldova, with about a quarter remaining in the country, since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24. Moscow says it is carrying out a “special military operation” that aims to destroy Ukraine’s military infrastructure.

The money pledged to Moldova by the United States on Sunday comes on top of $30 million announced last month to assist refugee relief efforts in Moldova over the next six months.

Moldova, sandwiched between Ukraine and European Union member Romania, is one of Europe’s poorest countries and has 2.6 million people. Like Ukraine it aspires to join the EU.

— Reuters

U.S. Secretary of State responds to claims of ‘genocide’ in Ukraine

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken addresses the Media after meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (unseen), at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem, on March 27, 2022.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken addresses the Media after meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (unseen), at the prime minister’s office in Jerusalem, on March 27, 2022.Jacquelyn Martin | AFP | Getty Images

America’s top diplomat on Sunday stopped short of agreeing with those who claim Russia is committing genocide against Ukrainian civilians during its invasion.

“We will look hard and document everything that we see, put it all together, and make sure the relevant institutions and organizations that are looking at this, including the State Department, have everything they need to asses exactly what took place in Ukraine, who is responsible and what it amounts to,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

In a CBS interview that aired Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy claimed the Russian military is committing “genocide” against Ukrainian people.

The U.S. government has formally accused Russia of committing war crimes in Ukraine. That’s one of four main crimes over which the International Criminal Court has jurisdiction. Genocide, crime against humanity and crime of aggression are the other three.

However, the U.S. is not a member of the ICC, which defines genocide as “the specific intent to destroy in whole or in part a national, ethnic, racial or religious group by killing its members or by other means.”

— Kevin Stankiewicz

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