Horrific photos circulated Wednesday after a maternity and children’s hospital was bombed in the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol. Officials said at least three people, including a young girl were killed in the strike.
U.K. armed forces minister James Heappey said Thursday the “indiscriminate” fire by Russia on the health facility “is a war crime.” U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, who has already been chastised for her subpar diplomatic performance in Poland was asked about the crime.
Speaking alongside Poland’s president on Thursday in Warsaw, Harris did admit reference the attack on the hospital and said the world was witnessing “atrocities in unimaginable proportions in Ukraine.” Her words, though, lacked depth and meaning. “We stand with the people of Ukraine” said Harris, saying America has an “ironclad” commitment to defend NATO nations.
When it came to being asked a question of substance, Harris refuses to take a moral stand. When asked if she believed Russia’s actions should be investigated as possible war crimes, she passed the responsibility on to the United Nations.
Saying “when it comes to crimes and violations of international norms” the U.S. is “clear that any intentional attack on innocent victims is a violation.” She added the United Nations has an established process to determine whether war crimes have been committed and “absolutely there should be an investigation. The eyes of the world are on this war and what Russia has done.”
Russian officials made an unbelievable claim that the hospital was not a children’s or maternity hospital, but an extremist base.
“It is not the first time we have seen pathetic outcries concerning the so-called atrocities” by Russia, Lavrov said, claiming the hospital was being used as a base by an “ultra-radical” Ukrainian battalion. He said Russia had submitted data to the United Nations “days ago” to prove its claim, and accused foreign media of manipulating information on the strike. Lavrov claimed no patients or staff had been at the facility, which he insisted had “long ago become a base for extremists.”
Zelensky said “this topic was mentioned on Russian TV, but not a word of truth was said. The Russians were lied to that there had been no patients in the hospital and no women or children ion the maternity hospital.”
“The Russian were lied to that ‘nationalists’ had allegedly taken up positions there. They lie confidently, as always” said Zelensky.
Report: North Korean ballistic missile fired by Russia into Ukraine contained components sourced from U.S.
A new report from Conflict Armament Research (CAR), a U.K.-based investigative organization, determined that a North Korean ballistic missile which was fired by Russia into Ukraine contained “numerous” electronic components sourced from the U.S. and Europe.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reported on the findings, noting approximately 75% of the 290 components analyzed in the missile originated from U.S.-based companies, and an additional 16% of components came from European firms, according to the CAR report.
The electronic components came from 26 countries in total and were largely utilized in the missile’s navigation system, according to the report. It isn’t clear how the components ended up in North Korea’s possession, as the country is strictly sanctioned by a bulk of the international community, but it’s possible other foreign companies, acting as middlemen, bought the components and then diverted them to the communist country.
However, the fact that North Korea was able to acquire so many American electronic component parts suggests “that the country has developed a robust acquisition network capable of circumventing, without detection, sanction regimes that have been in place for nearly two decades,” according to the report.
CAR documents “weapons at the point of use and track their sources back through the chains of supply.”North Korea gathered the components, assembled the missile and shipped it to Russia, all within a relatively short time period, according to the report. The missile was recovered by CAR on Jan. 2, and the investigators determined it could not have been manufactured before March 2023.
A @conflictarm field investigation team recently documented the electronic components of a North Korean ballistic missile recovered in Ukraine on 2 January 2024. CAR investigators documented over 290 components, mostly found in the missile’s navigation system.🧵 (1/6) pic.twitter.com/WxsedC18K6
— CAR (@conflictarm) February 20, 2024
The U.S. government and intelligence agencies are working to stop sensitive American intellectual property from ending up in the hands of several foreign adversaries. North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin have strengthened their relationship since Russia first invaded Ukraine in February 2022.
“Due in part to our export and sanction controls, Russia has become increasingly isolated on the world stage, and they’ve been forced to look to like-minded states for military equipment,” White House National Security Council (NSC) spokesman John Kirby said during a press briefing in January. “One of those states is North Korea.”
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