Putin’s crimes that China doesn’t care about

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Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, walk to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. (Sergei Bobylev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

In his first press conference as the new foreign minister of the Chinese regime, Qin Gang said what was anticipated in an Infobae article last November: the foreign policy known as “Wolf Warrior” will continue. And it will even increase.

Who was until a few weeks ago ambassador in Washington defended this diplomatic strategy in a long press conference offered this Tuesday in Beijing. “When jackals and wolves block the way, and hungry wolves attack us, Chinese diplomats must dance with wolves and protect and defend our home and country,” Qin warned. He was referring in this way to the West, more precisely to the United States, whom he attacked throughout the meeting with journalists.

In the same exchange with the press, he also warned that the alliance between Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping remains very solid and that it seems to transcend the invasion of Ukraine, a massacre that was a year old just weeks ago and that the Kremlin has not yet condemned. “With China and Russia working together, the world will have a driving force,” Qin insisted.

As they repeat in Kyiv, when you try to show yourself to the rest of the world as neutral in such an asymmetrical and bloody conflict, you clearly represent a position in favor of the aggressor.

That aggressor reflected, in the last hours, a clear sign of the barbarism and dehumanization that he exported to the neighboring country. Tymofiy Mykolayovych Shadura, a Ukrainian soldier from the 30th Mechanized Brigade who had been missing since February 3 in the Bakhmut area, became a symbol of that barbarism.

In the images, Shadura is seen calm, smoking, in a state of absolute defenselessness and surrounded by Russian invaders. In the most desperate epilogue of his existence, he does not insult, does not cry, does not implore mercy. He pronounces Slava Ukraini (Glory to Ukraine), a trademark of this war. He does it without yelling, calm, as he holds the last of his cigarettes. Less than a second later, bursts of gunfire take his life. His body -already lying on the ground, inert- continues to receive projectiles from his executioners.

The video was recorded by the Russians themselves and went viral in the last few hours on Telegram accounts. The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine indicated that according to preliminary information it is Shadura, although for its definitive identification, it will have to recover the body, something complicated in a land still occupied by Putin‘s troops. The soldier’s corpse is proof that burns.

This grim summary execution constitutes a clear war crime. One more that adds up to the Kremlin and for which it should be held accountable in court. Kyiv has already asked for the corresponding process to be opened before the International Criminal Court in The Hague. At least 30 countries support the initiative to create a court to judge these aberrations committed by Russia.

The General Prosecutor of UkraineAndriy Kostin, said that he will investigate what happened in Bakhmutas a clear case of violation of human rights. “Even war has its own rules. There are norms of international law that are systematically ignored by the criminal regime in Russia. But sooner or later, there will be punishment, ”he promised.

When Qin praised Russia and reaffirmed their strategic alliance on Tuesday, Shadura ‘s video had already gone around the world. Impossible that he didn’t know. Even Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky had spoken about it: “I want all of us united to respond to his words: ‘Glory to the hero. Glory to the heroes. Glory to Ukraine’. And we will find the murderers. Ukraine will never forget the feat of each and everyone whose lives brought freedom to Ukraine.” But despite these inhuman signs, Qin insisted on the strategic alliance.

Perhaps the new world order that Putin and Xi promote and propose has more to do with these scenes than with a civilized world governed by the most elementary laws.