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Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Lead Republican Michael McCaul has released the following statement on the reports of horrific actions by Russian forces inflicted in the Ukrainian city of Bucha, including reports of summary executions, torture, rape, and the discovery of mass graves. McCaul recently introduced H.R. 7276, a bipartisan bill that would ensure the U.S. government collects and maintains evidence of war crimes and atrocities committed by the invading Russian forces in Ukraine. The Committee will mark this bill up on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, before consideration by the House later this week. 

“No country can remain neutral in the face of such evil. These horrific images are a shock to the global conscience and demand further action to hold Vladimir Putin’s regime and Russia’s invading forces accountable for their war crimes. That includes additional punishing sanctions against the Kremlin and an immediate increase in the flow of weapons to the Ukrainian forces bravely defending their countrymen from Putin’s unprovoked full-scale invasion. The world cannot wait for the next atrocity to act decisively.”