ICC issues arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin over Ukraine war

ICC issues arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin over Ukraine war
Опубликовано: Friday, 17 March 2023 15:03

Moscow has previously said it does not recognize court’s authority.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant Friday for Russian President Vladimir Putin over allegations of war crimes amid the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Putin is “allegedly responsible for the war crime of unlawful deportation of population (children)” and that of “unlawful transfer of population (children) from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation,” the Hague-based court said in a statement Friday.

“There are reasonable grounds to believe that Mr. Putin bears individual criminal responsibility” for these crimes, the statement read.

The Russian president, the court argued, failed “to exercise control properly over civilian and military subordinates who committed the acts” and who were “under his effective authority and control.”

This is the first time the ICC has issued warrants in relation of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, which began last February.

Moscow has previously said it did not recognize the court’s authority.

In spite of numerous reports that Russian forces had committed war crimes in Ukraine — including a recent U.N. investigation which said that Russia’s forced deportation of Ukrainian children amounted to a war crime — the Kremlin has denied it committed any crimes.

In a statement, Balkees Jarrah, associate international justice director at Human Rights Watch, welcomed the announcement, saying the warrant sent “a clear message that giving orders to commit or tolerating serious crimes against civilians may lead to a prison cell.”

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