Ukraine plans international tribunal to try Putin

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Thursday, August 25, 2022

Ukraine plans international tribunal to try Putin

Ukrainian officials are drawing up plans to ensure that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his top military commanders stand trial for launching the military offensive.

The plan for a special international tribunal to investigate Russia’s alleged “crime of aggression” is headed by Andrii Smirnov, deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential administration.

The International Criminal Court, which has tried the most serious crimes for 20 years, is already investigating war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Ukraine. But he cannot look into the assault charges because neither Ukraine nor Russia have ratified the Rome Statute.

This court is “the only way to ensure that the criminals who started the war in Ukraine will be held accountable quickly,” Smirnov told the AFP news agency. “The world has a short memory. That’s why I would like this tribunal to start functioning next year.”

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Source: TRTWorld and agencies

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