ICC Orders Arrest of Vladimir Putin for War Crimes in Ukraine


The International Criminal Court in The Hague has ordered the arrest of Russian President Vladimir for war crimes in Ukraine. Photo/REUTERS

DEN HAAG – The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin on charges of committing war crimes in Ukraine.

The same warrant was also issued to the Russian President’s Office of Child Rights Commissioner Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova on charges of the illegal transfer of Ukrainian children.

“The pretrial judge judged that there were reasonable grounds to believe that each suspect bears responsibility for war crimes,” the ICC said in a statement regarding the issuance of the warrant, Friday (17/3/2023), as quoted by Reuters.

The judges initially considered issuing a secret warrant. However, he ultimately decided that publishing it could contribute to preventing further criminal activity.

“Putin is allegedly responsible for the war crimes of the unlawful deportation of residents (children) and the unlawful transfer of residents (children) from the occupied territories of Ukraine to the Russian Federation,” the ICC statement continued.

On Thursday, a UN-backed investigation cited Russian attacks on civilians in Ukraine, including torture and systematic killings in the occupied territories, among the potential issues that constitute war crimes and possible crimes against humanity.

The thorough investigation also uncovered crimes committed against Ukrainians on Russian soil, including deported Ukrainian children who were prevented from being reunited with their families, a “screening” system aimed at selecting Ukrainians for detention, and torture and inhumane conditions of detention. .

In the year since the war began, the world has watched in horror at the devastation of Ukrainian territory. Moscow’s military has been accused of dropping missiles on apartment buildings, torturing civilians before shooting them dead, and systematically raping women and girls.

The scale of the suffering and the indiscriminate targeting of men, women and children has left at least 7,000 civilians dead and nearly eight million Ukrainians fleeing to countries across Europe.

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But Russia denies committing war crimes. Putin even emphasized that what the Russian army was doing in Ukraine was a struggle for the existence of the Russian state.

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