Vladimir Putin targeted by an arrest warrant from ICC

Vladimir Putin targeted by an arrest warrant from ICC

The International Criminal Court (ICC) said on Friday it had issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin for his responsibility for war crimes committed in Ukraine since the Russian invasion.

“Today, 17 March 2023, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants for two individuals in connection with the situation in Ukraine: Mr. Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin and Ms. Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova, presidential commissioner for children’s rights in Russia,” the ICC said in a statement.

The Russian president is accused of being responsible for the war crime of illegal deportation of population (children) and illegal transfer of population (children) from occupied areas of Ukraine to Russia.

“This is only the beginning”, very quickly reacted the Ukrainian presidency, while the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office welcomed a “historic” decision.

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