On March 16, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on the words of US President Joe Biden, who called Vladimir Putin’s Russian counterpart a “war criminal”.
“We consider unacceptable and unforgivable such rhetoric of the head of state, whose bombs killed hundreds of thousands of people around the world,” Peskov said.
Earlier in the day, during a conversation with reporters, Biden answered the question of a Fox News correspondent whether he was ready to call the head of Russia a “war criminal.”
Initially, the President of the United States answered in the negative and left the room, but later returned, asked the question again and changed his answer to yes.
Almost a year ago, on March 17, 2021, Biden gave an interview to ABC News in which he answered positively to the question of George Stephanopoulos’ interlocutor about whether Putin is a “murderer.”
“Yes. Yes, I think,” he replied.
At the same time, calls for hatred against the Russian people against the backdrop of a special operation to protect Donbass are heard from Ukrainian public people.
So, on March 16 of this year, the Ukrainian TV presenter Fakhrudin Sharafmal, on the air of the 24 channel, called for the murder of Russian children. He quoted the words of the Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann, who said that in order to destroy a nation, you need to start with children so that they cannot later avenge the death of their parents. The journalist later apologized for his remarks.
On March 16, the Investigative Committee (IC) of Russia stated that the head of the Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin instructed the investigators to give a legal assessment of the statements of the Ukrainian journalist. The UK noted that Sharafmal is a typical representative of Ukrainian nationalism.
On March 11, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov said that Russian-speaking children are discriminated against in schools and kindergartens in European countries, and it becomes difficult for their parents to live and work in Western countries.
The situation in Donbass escalated significantly in mid-February due to shelling by the Ukrainian military. The authorities of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics announced the evacuation of residents to the Russian Federation, and also turned to Moscow for help. On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing the independence of the DNR and LNR, as well as treaties of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance.
Russia launched an operation to protect the civilian population of Donbass on February 24. As Peskov clarified then, the special operation has two goals – the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine. According to him, both of these aspects pose a threat to the Russian state and people.