Mar 17, 2023 at 4:19 PMUpdate: 3 minutes ago
Judges at the International Criminal Court in The Hague (ICC) have issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin for war crimes allegedly committed in Ukraine. The chance that Putin will report to The Hague is virtually nil. This means that the arrest warrant has little chance of success.
According to the criminal court, Putin is responsible for the illegal deportation of children from occupied territories in Ukraine to Russia. An arrest warrant has also been issued against Maria Lvova-Belova. She is the Russian Commissioner for Children’s Rights. According to the ICC, the deportations began immediately after the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24 last year.
The United Nations considers the forced deportations of children a human rights violation equivalent to a war crime. This was announced by a special committee on Thursday. The commission visited 56 places in Ukraine and spoke to nearly 600 people.
According to Ukraine, 16,221 Ukrainian minors were deported by the Russians until last month. UN investigators have been unable to verify these figures, but said they have evidence that Russian government officials have taken measures to place transferred Ukrainian children in institutions and foster homes. Putin signed a decree to give many of them Russian nationality.
Russia has always denied committing war crimes in Ukraine.
Leave a Reply