The President of Russia, Vladimir Putinarrived this Saturday at the crimean peninsulawhich celebrates the ninth anniversary of its annexation by Moscow, according to images broadcast on state television.
Putin visited the Art school and the children’s center Korsun in Chersoneseoutside the port of Sevastopol, the main base of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.
The head of the Kremlin, according to the video published on the Telegran channel of the state network rossia-1was accompanied by the governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhaevand other authorities.
Earlier, the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskovhad announced that on the anniversary of the “reunification with Crimea”, as Moscow calls the annexation of the peninsula, Putin would participate by videoconference in the inauguration of a cultural center.
Both the Art School and the Korsún children’s center, built by military builders, are part of the first stage of the Chersonese Taurico historical-archaeological park.
“It is the idea of the metropolitan of Pskov and Porkhovsk, Tikhon, which the president (Putin) endorsed and which is embodied at an incredible rate thanks to military builders,” the governor of Sevastopol wrote on Telegram.
Razvozhaev indicated that everyone was prepared for a video conference with Putin.
“Finally, the president came in person. By car. He himself was behind the wheel. On this historic day the president is always with Sebastopol and the people of Sebastopol. Our country has an incredible leader,” added the governor.
ICC prosecutor confident Putin will stand trial in The Hague
The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Karim Khansee as a possibility that putin face trial for war crimes committed in Ukraineaccording to what he assured in an interview with the chain CNN.
“Those who believe it is impossible” for the Russian leader to be held accountable for acts committed in Ukraine “do not understand history”, Khan expressed in statements to the American media.
The prosecutor cited as examples the nuremberg trials (1954-1946) -for the War crimes in Nazi Germany– and the judicial process for the rwandan genocide. “All of them involved powerful and imposing individuals and yet they ended up in court,” he added.
The prosecutor also pointed out that, through the arrest warrant against Putin issued by the ICC this Friday, wants to send a clear message: “No one should feel that they can commit genocide or crimes against humanity with impunity.”.
The ICC published an arrest warrant against the Russian president as allegedly responsible for the illegal deportation of Ukrainian children and their transfer from occupied areas in Ukraine to Russiawhich means a war crime according to the treaty of this court known as Rome Statute.
The ICC pre-trial chamber also issued a second arrest warrant against the Russian politician Maria Lvova-BelovaPresidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights in Russia, with the same accusation.
Both arrest warrants are the first of their kind issued by the ICC in the context of its investigation into possible war crimes committed by Russia in the illegal invasion of Ukraine.
The Russian government described the arrest warrant as “outrageous”, “inadmissible” and “legally void”, since Russia is not a party to the Rome Statute of the ICC.
For his part, the President of the United States, Joe Bidenaffirmed this Friday that the decision of the International Criminal Court against the Russian president, Vladimir PutinIt is “justified”.
“Well I think it’s justified. But the question is that we don’t recognize it internationally either. But I think it’s a very strong point,” Biden said.
(With information from EFE and Europa Press)
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