Russia’s recent withdrawal from areas near Kyiv has left massive evidence of atrocities, particularly in Bucha, where executed civilians, many with their hands tied behind their backs, have been found in the area.
In addition, Russia has attacked civilian sites throughout the war, with airstrikes on hospitals and places where refugees have gathered.
“The images we saw from Bucha and other cities were tragic, they were appalling,” Sullivan told host Jonathan Karl. “They were downright shocking, but they weren’t surprising.”
Sullivan said it was possible some brutal acts were spontaneous, suggesting that Russian soldiers, frustrated by how badly the invasion was going, were turning on Ukrainian civilians.
“They had been told they would win a glorious victory,” Sullivan said of the Russian troops, “and just ride into Kyiv unopposed while the Ukrainians welcomed them, and when that didn’t happen, I thought some of these Units were involved in these acts of brutality, these atrocities, these war crimes without orders from above.”
“But make no mistake, the bigger problem of widespread war crimes and atrocities in Ukraine lies at the feet of the Kremlin and at the feet of the Russian President,” he added.
https://www.politico.com/news/2022/04/10/sullivan-russia-war-crimes-putin-00024278?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication War crimes were part of Russia’s master plan, says the national security adviser