I know many of us are feeling sick and outraged about the news emerging from Bucha this weekend. Sounds like Joe Biden is too:
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday called for war crimes trial against Russia President Vladimir Putin and said he’d seek more sanctions after reported atrocities in Ukraine.
“You saw what happened in Bucha,” Biden said. He added that Putin “is a war criminal”
Biden’s comments to reporters came after Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited Bucha, one of the towns surrounding Kyiv where Ukrainian officials say the bodies of civilians have been found. Zelenskyy called the Russian actions “genocide” and called for the West to apply tougher sanctions against Russia.
This image. Damn.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited Bucha today. His face says it all. pic.twitter.com/IWOmIdnnVT
— Kateryna_Kruk (@Kateryna_Kruk) April 4, 2022
Hillary Clinton was on Meet the Press yesterday. She praised the Biden administration’s response to Russia’s assault on Ukraine but says we need to “double down,” including actions like adding more banks to the SWIFT exclusion list, enacting new sanctions, delivering more aid to Ukraine, blocking Russia from participating in events like G20, etc.
Here’s the full interview.
There are mixed reports on what’s happening inside Russia. According to some accounts, life goes on more or less as normal, but I saw a clip this weekend that showed anti-theft tags on canned meat in a Russian supermarket and elderly ladies fighting over bags of sugar. Will that sort of thing build social pressure inside the country, and would it matter if it did? I have no idea.
I remember crying in a parking lot a couple of years ago when we were down to one roll of toilet paper and the person in line ahead of me got the last four-pack at the grocery store. But I’m a spoiled American. I suspect Russians — at least those who are middle-aged and older — are more used to privations.