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CCS Matsuno comments on Biden’s calling Russia’s war in Ukraine “genocide”

  • April 13, 2022
  • , Mainichi, Sankei , All TV networks
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All networks reported at noon that President Biden used the word “genocide” when describing the Russian military’s actions in Ukraine during a speech he delivered in Iowa on Tuesday. The President reportedly said: “Your family budget, your ability to fill up your tank, none of it should hinge on whether a dictator declares war and commits genocide a half a world away.” The networks said the President later told reporters he intentionally used the word “genocide” in his speech, adding, however, that he would “let the lawyers decide internationally whether or not it qualifies.”


Mainichi and Sankei took up remarks made to the press this morning by Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno regarding President Biden’s use of the term “genocide.” “Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court, who are tasked with indicting and punishing those who have committed heinous crimes, have launched investigations concerning genocide and other crimes in cooperation with the Ukrainian authorities,” the government spokesman was quoted as saying. “We expect that progress will be made in these investigations. It has become clear that there have been repeated instances of brutal acts, including the massacre of innocent civilians in Mariupol and other places across Ukraine. The truth behind such barbaric actions must be uncovered.”


In a related development, NHK and TBS reported that the Justice Ministry plans to dispatch three prosecutors to the International Criminal Court to help it conduct investigations into war crimes allegedly committed in Ukraine by Russian forces. One of them has reportedly been assigned to the Hague-based court as “special advisor.”  



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