US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield echoed Blinken on Sunday, saying the US was "working with our partners to collect and provide information" on potential war crimes. "Any attack on civilians is a war crime," she told ABC News
Though President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson have both said Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to be targeting civilian areas, Biden stopped short last week of saying Putin had committed a war crime.
"We are following it very closely," Biden said. "It's too early to say that."
In its new inquiry, the ICC has said it will look at all actions in Ukraine from 2013 to the present. Russia first entered the Ukrainian territory of Crimea, which it later annexed, in 2014. The ICC was already investigating crackdowns on protesters by a previous Ukrainian government that was pro-Russian. This new referral seems to put all potential war crimes together.
Blinken also told CNN Sunday that the US is willing to accept Ukrainian refugees, though he didn't say how many the administration would take in.
"Of course, we'll look at that," he said when asked if the US would accept any of the more than 1.5 million refugees from Ukraine who have crossed into neighboring countries since the start of the war.
"The United States is committed to doing anything we can, first of all, to support the countries that are bearing the immediate burden of taking in Ukrainians. And then, as appropriate, if people seek refugee status in the United States, of course, we will look at that and I'm sure act on that," he said.