Boris Johnson calls Putin a war criminal, urges UN vote against invasion

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson calls Russian President Vladimir Putin a war criminal and urges UN unanimity in condemning his invasion of Ukraine.

His comments come in parliament, where MPs give a standing ovation to Ukraine’s ambassador in attendance.

Johnson wears a UK-Ukraine flag pin, and many lawmakers wear clothing in Ukraine’s blue and yellow colors.

“What we have seen already from Vladimir Putin’s regime, in the use of the munitions that they have already been dropping on innocent civilians, in my view already fully qualifies as a war crime,” Johnson says.

UK ministers have been warning that Putin, his cronies and commanders could face prosecution at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, which has already opened a probe into the invasion.

Ahead of a vote by the UN General Assembly in New York, Johnson adds: “We call on every nation to join us in condemning Russia and demanding that Putin turns his tanks around.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street for Prime Minister’s Questions, in London, Feb. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/David Cliff)

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