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Russia has committed crimes against humanity during its war in Ukraine, US Vice President Kamala Harris said today and called for justice, France Press reported, quoted by BTA.

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"The United States has officially determined that Russia committed crimes against humanity in Ukraine," Kamala Harris said in a speech to the Munich Security Conference.

She confirmed that the US will support, "as long as necessary", this country.

"We've looked at the evidence, we know the law, and there's no doubt that these are crimes against humanity," Harris said.

She spoke of illegal executions, torture and rape by Russian troops in Ukraine, as well as the forcible transfer of hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian civilians to Russia.

"And I say to all the perpetrators of these crimes and their superiors or accomplices in these crimes: you will be held accountable," the US vice president added.

It is the first time the US has formally named Russia as a perpetrator of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Ukraine since the federation invaded the neighboring country in February 2022.

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In a separate communique, the head of US diplomacy, Anthony Blinken, assured that "these are not random or isolated actions" and referred to "a comprehensive and systematic attack by the Kremlin against the civilian population of Ukraine".

He stressed that by using the definition of "crimes against humanity", the US is committed to the relevant people in the Russian forces and other unnamed perpetrators "to bear responsibility for their actions" before justice.

"There can be no impunity for these crimes," Blinken concluded.

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion, the US has documented or described more than 30,600 cases of war crimes committed by Russian troops in Ukraine, the State Department said. 

In September, UN investigators accused Moscow of war crimes "on a large scale" in Ukraine.

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