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Biden calls for Putin ‘war-crimes trial’ as world leaders issue fresh rebukes

Valentyna Omelchuk spent a month hiding out in her basement in Makariv, Ukraine, as shells landed in her yard and bullets shattered her windows. (Video: Jon Gerberg, Jorge Ribas/The Washington Post)

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Leaders in the United States and Europe issued fresh denunciations of Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, saying images of brutality in a suburb of Kyiv are additional evidence that Moscow has committed war crimes in Ukraine.

President Biden repeated his assertion that Putin is a “war criminal” and called for further evidence-gathering to prepare for a war-crimes trial. “This guy is brutal, and what’s happening in Bucha is outrageous, and everyone’s seen it,” Biden told reporters Monday. The Pentagon said photos and video from Bucha showing mass graves and bodies on the streets reinforced the accusation that Russian forces are responsible for war crimes.

Here’s what to know

  • Russia is “revising its war aims” to focus its offensive operations in eastern and southern Ukraine, U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan said.
  • The International Committee of the Red Cross said a team helping with evacuation efforts was stopped about 12 miles west of Mariupol.
  • In interviews with The Washington Post in recent days, residents recounted how they were terrorized by their new Russian overlords.
  • Russian officials denied harming civilians in Bucha. The U.N. Security Council is scheduled to discuss the situation in Ukraine on Tuesday.
  • The Washington Post has lifted its paywall for readers in Russia and Ukraine. Telegram users can subscribe to our channel for updates.

War in Ukraine: What you need to know

The latest: Russia fired at least 85 missiles on at least six major cities in Ukraine on November 15, in one of the most widespread attacks of the war so far. The strikes came just hours after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, speaking by video link, presented a 10-point peace plan to G-20 leaders at a summit in Indonesia. As in previous Russian missile attacks, critical civilian infrastructure appeared to be primary targets. Parts of several cities that were hit were left without electrical power on Tuesday afternoon.

Russia’s Gamble: The Post examined the road to war in Ukraine, and Western efforts to unite to thwart the Kremlin’s plans, through extensive interviews with more than three dozen senior U.S., Ukrainian, European and NATO officials.

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