Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC), on Thursday (3/3), told Reuters that the agency has sent a team of investigators to Ukraine to investigate possible war crimes.
To ReutersICC prosecutor Karim Khan said that his agency would investigate possible war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed by all parties involved in the war in Ukraine.
“I think the world is watching and hoping for something better. Humanity is expected to be better than it is today. Around the world, and in Ukraine without exception.”
Neither Russia nor Ukraine is a member of the ICC, and Moscow does not recognize the existence of the tribunal. But Ukraine signed a declaration in 2014 giving the court jurisdiction over allegations of serious crimes committed on its territory regardless of the nationality of the perpetrators.
In a video uploaded on Thursday (3/3) by a resident in Kharkiv, Ukraine, showing the impact of Russian bombs on residential areas in the region.
But Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that his army was trying to avoid casualties among civilians, adding that what he described as “special operations” in Ukraine had proceeded “according to plan.”
Russia has been accused of using cluster bombs and targeting civilian residential areas. [jm/mg]