The Russian Embassy in the US released a statement Wednesday night regarding the US State Department’s public response to the coming military tribunal in Mariupol.
The Tribunal, which will be aimed at “bringing justice to war criminals”, is set to take place in the coming days. The war criminals in question include members of the Azov Regiment, who have been described as both Ukraine’s “greatest weapon” as well as it’s “greatest threat”.
It was previously reported that Russia insisted one of the reasons for Putin’s attack on Ukraine was to ‘de-militarise and de-Nazify Ukraine.’
According to a former U.S. ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, in his interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” he claimed that there are no Nazis in Ukraine. “He’s [Putin] talking about denazification. There are no Nazis in Ukraine,” McFaul said.
Despite the former ambassador’s claims, a documentary from TIME magazine in 2019 revealed the existence of a group called Azov that embodied the neo-Nazi and white supremacist ideology led by Andriy Yevhenovych Biletsky in Ukraine.
A former Marine Corps intelligence officer who served with the United Nations, Scott Ritter, claimed that the first troops trained by US and British soldiers were the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion.
The Biden Administration and its State Department were quick to put out a statement about the upcoming tribunals:
“By planning to hold so-called ‘tribunals’ in Russia-controlled Mariupol against Ukraine’s brave defenders, the Kremlin is attempting to deflect responsibility for President Putin’s war of aggression and distract from overwhelming evidence of the atrocities Russian forces have committed in Ukraine.
The planned show trials are illegitimate and a mockery of justice, and we strongly condemn them. All members of Ukraine’s armed forces, including domestic and foreign volunteers incorporated into the armed forces, are entitled to prisoner of war status if they are captured and must be afforded the treatment and protections commensurate with that status, according to the Geneva Conventions.
We call on Moscow to comply with its obligations under international law. The United States will continue to firmly stand with the Ukrainian people as they defend their freedom.”
The Russian Embassy responded to the State Department’s statement:
“We have taken note of another groundless accusation against our country related to the Tribunal over Ukrainian war criminals.
The upcoming Trial is aimed at bringing justice to war criminals, among which there are Nazis from the Azov Regiment. Washington is clearly afraid of making public the evidence of the inhumane acts committed by the members of this terrorist organization.
The International Tribunal in Mariupol can shed light on the true essence of the Kiev regime, of which the United States diligently creates a bright and heroic image. American citizens will finally learn that in reality, their government is helping those who purposefully kill and torture the Russian people of Donbas and Ukraine.
Russia fully complies with the Geneva Conventions and guarantees Ukrainian captives proper conditions of detention. The same cannot be said of the Kiev regime, which militants mistreated captured Russian soldiers.
Finally, if the US authorities have questions about what happened in Mariupol, they could discuss it with the administration of the Donetsk People’s Republic. It is an independent state.”
It has been posited that the Biden Admin is scrambling to delegitimize the tribunals because the Russian war crime allegations will pave a trail toward western interests, including members of the Biden family, as well as his cohorts in DC and abroad, for the production of chemical and biological weapons, as well as arming and assisting Nazi Ukrainian forces responsible for war crimes and atrocities on civilians. These allegations are purely speculation at this point, but there is supporting evidence.
The Russian military has claimed that the US and Ukraine are afraid of the testimony of Ukrainian POWs that will inevitably spill out onto the world stage. The belief, at least of Russia, is that this testimony will “further cement and expose the crimes committed by the Kiev and Biden/DNC regimes”.
With the exception of a small article by Reuters, the western media has been mum on the subject. As per Reuters:
“GENEVA, Aug 23 (Reuters) – The U.N. human rights office expressed concern on Tuesday about plans by Russian-backed authorities to try Ukrainian prisoners of war (POWs) in the port city of Mariupol, possibly within days, saying such a process could itself amount to a war crime.
The Russian-backed authorities appear to be installing metal cages in a hall in Mariupol as part of plans to establish what they were calling an ‘international tribunal’, Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson for the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), told a briefing.”
Western grievances notwithstanding, it seems as though the tribunals will be going forward whether the UN and Biden Admin like it or not. Vigilant News will be watching this story and providing updates as more information comes out.
Ryan DeLarme is a disillusioned journalist navigating a labyrinth of political corruption, overreaching corporate influence, high finance, compromised media, and the planned destruction of our constitutional republic. He is also a Host and Founder at Vigilant News. His writing has been featured in American Thinker, Winter Watch, Underground Newswire, and Stillness in the Storm. He also has written scripts for television series featured on Rise.tv. Ryan enjoys gardening, creative writing, and fighting to SAVE AMERICA