US issues more sanctions as world continues to react to Bucha atrocities
Shannon Longworth: Beyond the bloodshed on the ground, the Russia-Ukraine conflict continues to play out as an info war.
At this moment, the focus is on the death and destruction in Bucha–just outside Kyiv.
Russian media’s reportedly pushing the narrative that *Ukrainian neo-nazis* placed the dead bodies in the streets *after* Russian troops retreated.
But satellite images analyzed by American media outlets *as well as* foreign governments, prove that’s not the case.
German officials say bodies were visible on the footage since March 10th.
Steffen Hebestreit | German government spokesperson: “Credible information shows that from March 7 to March 30 Russian soldiers and security forces were deployed in this area. They were also tasked with the interrogation of prisoners who were subsequently executed.”
Shannon Longworth: Here in the US, governing agencies are taking matters into their own hands…Here’s treasury secretary Janet Yellen:
Janet Yellen | Treasury Secretary: “President Biden has rallied over 30 countries, representing well over half the world’s economy to impose swift severe sanctions and export controls on Russia. Treasury is also working with our partners to block Russia from accessing benefits from the international financial institutions.”
Shannon Longworth: Attorney General Merrick Garland says the DOJ is also making moves.
Merrick Garland | Attorney General: “The first action we are announcing today is the unsealing of an indictment charging Russian oligarch Konstantin Malofeyev with sanctions violations. The second action we are announcing today is a disruption of a global botnet controlled by the Russian military intelligence agency, commonly known as the GRU. The Russian government has recently used similar infrastructure to attack Ukrainian targets.”
Shannon Longworth: But is anything these agencies do…enough to make a difference?
War crimes are litigated in *International Criminal Court*….but Putin’s rejected the ICC’s jurisdiction.