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US diplomacy announced on Tuesday the creation of a “War Observatory” in Ukraine, which will initially have at its disposal a sum of six million dollars, with the aim of “collecting, analyzing and widely disseminating evidence of war crimes” for Washington blames Russia for the conflict.
The new initiative aims to “archive information” from public, open source and satellite data, in compliance with “international rules”, so that it can evidence of any process to hold those responsible for the “atrocities” accountable, the State Department said in a press release.
“An Internet platform will share War Observatory documentation with the public to help counter Russia's misinformation efforts,” the State Department said in a statement. in Ukraine with civilian casualties and pledged to work to bring perpetrators and perpetrators to justice.
US President Joe Biden has personally called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin a “war criminal” and a “butcher” and, far removed from his own government, has said that Moscow is committing “genocide” in Ukraine.
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The United States is considering blocking Moscow's ability to pay US investors holding Russian government bonds after the deadline expires next week, according to a U.S. government official.
According to Bloomberg , the Biden government is ready to make this move that could bring Russia closer to the brink of bankruptcy. “It is under consideration,” the unnamed official told Reuters, adding that the US government was “considering all options to increase pressure on Putin.”
The US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control is not expected to renew the exemption, in the context of sanctions against Moscow, for the payment of foreign bondholders. This exemption is valid until May 25 and, according to Bloomberg, will not be renewed.
Western sanctions have barred trade with the finance ministry, the central bank and Russia's National Wealth Fund. However, the US Treasury Department had given a temporary exemption to bondholders.
After the exemption expires on May 25, Russia will still have bond payments of nearly $ 2 billion. by the end of the year.
The US Treasury Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.
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