Ukraine asked the Human Rights Council for a special court to judge Russia

Ukrainian workers transport bodies that were unearthed from graves in Izyum, in the Kharkiv region on September 19, 2022. EFE/EPA/SERGEY KOZLOV (SERGEY KOZLOV/)

Ukraine asked this Thursday at the Human Rights Council for the establishment of a special court of international scope to judge Russia’s crimes on its territoryincluding the deportation of Ukrainian children to be adopted by Russian families and making their national identity disappear.

“In one year Russia has committed 70,000 crimes against humanity in Ukraine. I ask you to tell me how many more mass graves need to be discovered until the full liberation of the Ukrainian territories,” Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Emine Dzhaparova said in a video message to the Council, which is meeting in Geneva.

“The worst is the deportation of thousands of children to Russia for forced adoption by Russian families to raise them with their backs to their homeland,” he added.

Dzhaparova said that these acts fall within the definition of genocide and called for the establishment of “a special court to judge the crimes committed by Russia.”

“These crimes would not be possible without the initial crime, which is aggression, which started in Crimea in 2014, so our message is clear. It all started and must end with Crimea,” added the Ukrainian official.

According to Dzhaparova, the international inability to respond to Russia’s annexation of Crimea that year “led to a broader war, since the nature of the aggression is always the same. When it doesn’t stop, it becomes bigger.”

Several people dump a body into a mass grave on the outskirts of Mariupol, Ukraine, on March 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
Several people throw a body into a mass grave on the outskirts of Mariupol, Ukraine, on March 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka) (Evgeniy Maloletka/)

The so-called “peace formula” of the Ukrainian government calls for the withdrawal of all Russian forces from its territory, including the Crimean peninsula.

Besides, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrovmet briefly on Thursday at a G20 foreign ministers’ summit in India, the first high-level meeting between the two countries in months.

According to US officials, Blinken and Lavrov chatted for about 10 minutes on the sidelines of the Group of 20 meeting in New Delhi. The brief meeting coincides with the cooling of relations between Washington and Moscow and the increase in tensions over Russia’s war in Ukraine.

At a news conference, Blinken said he told Lavrov that the United States will continue to support Ukraine for as long as it takes and will press for an end to the war through whatever diplomatic terms Kiev agrees to.

End this aggressive war, engage in serious diplomacy that can produce a just and lasting peace”, said Blinken who indicated to Lavrov. However, he noted that “President Putin has shown zero interest in participating, saying there is nothing to talk about until Ukraine accepts the new territorial reality.”

Blinken said he also urged Russia to reverse “its irresponsible decision and return to” participating in the New START nuclear treaty.

“Mutual compliance is in the interest of both our countries,” Blinken told Lavrov, adding that the United States was always willing to discuss arms control with Russia no matter what friction there is in the bilateral relationship.

Blinken said he also urged Moscow to release detained American Paul Whelan and that “the United States has put forward a serious proposal. Russia should take it.”

With information from EFE

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