The Pentagon spokesman asks how any ‘moral’ person could justify the atrocities being committed in Ukraine.
The US defense department has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of “brutality” and “depravity” in his country’s invasion of Ukraine.
“It’s hard to see what he’s doing in Ukraine,” said John Kirby, the Pentagon spokesman, visibly emotional, questioning how any “moral” person could justify the atrocities being committed in Ukraine.
“It is brutality of the coldest, most depraved kind,” he said.
“I don’t think we fully appreciated the degree to which he would use that kind of violence and cruelty and, as I said, depravity, on innocent people, non-combatants, civilians, with such utter disregard for the lives he was taking. ”, he added.
Meanwhile, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Saturday that his forces are in the fight of their lives as Russia steps up its offensive in the eastern Donbas region.
Russia hit the Kharkiv region overnight, according to the region’s governor.
The Ukrainian president expressed the hope that his soldiers will stand firm. “The situation in the Kharkiv region is difficult. But our troops and our intelligence have a major tactical success,” Zelenskyy said.
“The occupiers are doing their best to destroy any life on Donbas territory. The constant cruel shelling, the constant Russian attacks on infrastructure and residential areas affirm that Russia wants to vacate this territory…”
Ukraine and Russia traded accusations over shaky talks to end a war now in its third month as Russia attacked areas in the country’s east and US lawmakers promised a massive new weapons package for kyiv.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the Chinese state media agency that Russian demands for the removal of sanctions were part of its peace negotiations with Ukraine. He described the talks, which are taking place via video link, as “difficult.”
But Zelenskyy told Polish journalists that the possibility of the talks ending was “high” due to “Russia’s playbook on killing people”, the Interfax news agency said.