Dancer calls for investigation of Russian Federation for war crimes against Ukraine

Dancer calls for investigation of Russian Federation for war crimes against Ukraine

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Ron Dancer is calling upon the New Jersey Legislature to pass a resolution urging the U.S. Congress to support an investigation and prosecutions of the Russian Federation for actions related to its invasion of Ukraine. He introduced AJR156 today.

Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin on Feb. 24 launched missile and artillery attacks against Ukraine, including its capital city of Kyiv. According to the United Nations, nearly 600 civilians have died and another 1,100 have been injured. Reports have suggested Russian forces are indiscriminately attacking civilian hubs, including schools and hospitals.

“Americans are glued to their televisions and their smart phones, watching atrocities against humanity being committed in real time,” Dancer (R-Ocean) said. “As we witness the devastation of war against the innocent people of Ukraine, we must pledge that the Russian Federation be held responsible for these crimes.”

Thirty-eight foreign governments have petitioned the International Criminal Court, located in The Hague, Netherlands, to investigate senior Russian officials for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. Ukrainian officials and other world leaders have asked the United Nations to do the same.

Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed Congress Wednesday, pleading for help to beat back the Russian invasion. The United States government has thus far rejected calls to establish a no-fly zone over Ukraine, but has pledged millions more in aid as well as military hardware.

Virtually conducted peace talks between Ukraine and Russia, in their fourth round, have proven unfruitful according to the latest reports.

“Puritan John Winthrop rightly proclaimed almost 400 years ago that our land is a ‘City upon a Hill, the eyes of all people are upon us.’ The world is watching,” Dancer added. “We have an obligation to stand against oppressors. We have an obligation to the widow and the orphan. We must hold Russia accountable.”