(PresidentialWire.com)- While President Joe Biden has yet to say whether or not he thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin is committing war crimes, the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine has stepped up and said it instead. On Friday, the American embassy in Ukraine described the Russian attack on the Ukrainian Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant as a “war crime.”
The attack on the power plant immediately made headline news over the world, with experts warning that it could result in a nuclear blast or the leaking of radiation several times more intense and disastrous than the Chernobyl meltdown.
The U.S. Embassy wrote that it is a “war crime to attack a nuclear power plant.”
“Putin’s shelling of Europe’s largest nuclear plant takes his reign of terror one step further,” the statement continued.
Why can’t President Joe Biden speak in absolute terms like this?
The fire broke out on Friday, but has now thankfully been extinguished. Regardless, the fact that Putin and his forces were willing to attack such a volatile target indicates just how dangerous this invasion has become.
Russian forces took control of the power plant not long after the strikes. The fire is understood to have been started by projectiles that landed on the site.
So, why did Russia take the plant? It’s pretty obvious – not only did it force Ukrainians to retreat quickly, but the plant is also responsible for generating power for four million homes. It effectively means that Russia now has control over a valuable source of energy, and at this stage, there isn’t much that Ukrainian forces can do about it.
Should the Zaporizhzhia plant explode, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that the fallout could be the equivalent of “six Chernobyls.”
With Russia stepping up its attacks by the day, it seems as though Western sanctions may not be having the effect that our leaders hoped they would.