Putin the war criminal: It's time to investigate his brutality

Chris Smith represents the 4th Congressional District of New Jersey. Tony Perkins is President of Family Research Council. This article appeared in The Washington Times on March 31, 2022.

The sign is written in Russian. It contains one word: “Children.” 

It was painted on both of the parking lots surrounding a theater in Mariupol, Ukraine, to safeguard the hundreds of people, including scores of children, sheltering inside it. But it didn’t stop Russian planes from bombing the theater, trapping those seeking safety under tons of bricks and cement. 

Another target, a Mariupol municipal swimming pool complex, was also attacked. “Now there are pregnant women and women with children under the rubble there,” according to Ukrainian official Pavlo Kyrylenko.