As grim evidence of probable war crimes comes to light in Ukraine, it is important to remember that the war itself is a crime, and those who ordered it—even Vladimir Putin—can be held responsible.
Russian forces have retreated from the Kyiv suburbs and other previously occupied zones in northern Ukraine. What advancing Ukrainian forces found was shocking. In the town of Bucha, 20 bodies lay on the street, some with hands tied behind their backs, killed with gunshots to the head. Elsewhere, a mass grave was discovered containing as many as 300 bodies. Locals say the victims were murdered systematically by the Russian occupiers.