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Blinken Accuses Russia of War Crimes as Ukraine Cites Mass Grave

  • Reports of mass graves are part of a continuum, Blinken says
  • Blinken rejects designating Russia state sponsor of terror
Antony Blinken

Antony Blinken

Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated the US claim that Russia is committing war crimes in Ukraine amid reports that Ukrainian forces had uncovered a mass grave in the city of Izyum, while again pushing back against pressure to designate Russia a state sponsor of terrorism.

Reports of a mass grave in the retaken city of Izyum are “part, horrifically, of a continuum, an ongoing story,” Blinken told reporters at a briefing. “Whenever we see the Russian tide recede from the parts of Ukraine that it’s occupied, we see what’s left in its wake.”