The Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Dimitro Kulebahas welcomed the decision of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to issue a warrant against the president of Russia, Vladimir Putinfor the forced deportation of Ukrainian children from Ukrainian war-captured areas to Russian territory.
Thus, the person in charge of Ukrainian diplomacy has indicated that “the wheels of Justice are turning”and has asserted on his Twitter profile that “international criminals will be held accountable for stealing children and other international crimes.”
Together with President Putin, the CPI has also issued an arrest warrant for the same reason against the Presidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights of the Russian Federation, Maria Alexeievna Lvova-Belovaas the court has made known this Friday in a statement.
The court understands “reasonable grounds” to believe that Putin “has individual criminal responsibility” for these crimes, either for his “direct” commission or for having been unable to “exercise adequate control over the civilian and military subordinates who committed the acts.” .
Said Putin “is allegedly responsible for the war crime of illegal deportation of population (children) and the illegal transfer of population (children) from the occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation”.
The ICC said its trial chamber found that there were “reasonable grounds to believe that each suspect is responsible for the war crime of illegal deportation of population and illegal transfer of population from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federationto the detriment of Ukrainian children”.
The ICC prosecutor, Karim Khandeclared this month after a visit to Ukraine that the alleged child abductions were the subject of “a priority investigation.”
The court, created in 2002 to judge the worst crimes committed in the world, has been investigating for more than a year possible war crimes or crimes against humanity committed in Ukraine during the Russian offensive.
Neither Russia nor Ukraine are members of the ICC, but kyiv accepted the jurisdiction of the court over its territory and works with the prosecutor.
Experts admitted that Moscow was unlikely to hand over the suspects to the court. Russia rejects the war crimes accusations.
On Thursday, an investigation backed by the UN cited Russian attacks on civilians in Ukraineincluding the systematic torture and murder in the occupied regions, among the possible problems that amount to war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity.
The wide-ranging investigation also found crimes committed against Ukrainians on Russian soil, including deported Ukrainian children who were prevented from reuniting with their families, a “leak” system meant to target Britain.
In his first report written since Russia launched its offensive against Ukraineon February 24, 2022, the UN commission of inquiry concludes that “the situations it examined regarding the transfer and deportation of children, within Ukraine and the Russian Federation respectively, violate international humanitarian law and constitute a war crime.”
(With information from EP)
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