Putin is accused of a war crime: the illegal deportation of the population, including children
The International Criminal Court in The Hague has issued an arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Children’s Rights Commissioner Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova in connection with the war in Ukraine.
Putin is accused of a war crime: the illegal deportation of the population, including children. “Today, March 17, 2023, the 2nd Pre-trial Chamber of the ICC issued arrest warrants for two persons in the context of the situation in Ukraine: Mr. Volodymyr Volodymyrovich Putin and Ms. Maria Oleksiivna Lvivova-Belova,” the statement reads. issued by the International Criminal Court. “This is just the beginning,” said Andriy Yermak, head of the office of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.
The prosecutor general of Kiev has announced that the mandate against Putin is linked in particular to the “forced deportation of children”. The prosecutor’s office handed over more than 40 files to the International Criminal Court.
As of now Putin “has the official status of suspected international crime, illegal deportation and transfer of Ukrainian children,” Ukrainian Attorney General Andriy Kostin said on Facebook.
This means, Kostin stressed, that Putin must be arrested if he leaves Russia. “And world leaders will think three times before shaking his hand or sitting down at the negotiating table with him. The world has received a signal that the Russian regime is a criminal regime and that its leadership and its henchmen will be held to account,” he said. remarked the Ukrainian prosecutor.