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Arrest Warrant Against Vladimir Putin Much more than Ukraine War Crime Allegations


Mar 18, 2023

Every warrants are related to children’s rights. (File)

The Hague:

The International Criminal Court on Friday announced an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin on the war crime accusation of unlawfully deporting Ukrainian youngsters.

The Hague-mainly primarily based ICC stated it had also issued a warrant against Maria Lvova-Belova, Russia’s presidential commissioner for children’s rights, on equivalent charges.

Moscow dismissed the orders as “void.” Russia is not a celebration to the ICC so it was unclear if or how Putin could ever finish up in the dock.

War-battered Ukraine welcomed the ICC announcement, with President Volodymyr Zelensky hailing the “historic option.”

The court’s shock notice came hours promptly soon after other news with the potential to drastically impact Russia’s war on Ukraine, like a Moscow spend a go to to from Chinese leader Xi Jinping and more fighter jets for Kyiv’s forces.

Far extra than 16,000 Ukrainian youngsters have been deported to Russia offered that the February 24, 2022 invasion, according to Kyiv, with a lot of allegedly placed in institutions and foster residences.

ICC prosecutor Karim Khan told AFP that Putin was now liable for arrest if he set foot in any of the court’s more than 120 member states.

He stated the arrest warrants had been “mainly primarily based upon forensic proof, scrutiny and what is been stated by these two persons”.

“The proof we presented focused on crimes against youngsters. Young young children are the most vulnerable element of our society,” stated Khan.

The ICC stated judges situated there had been “economical grounds” to suspect Putin’s criminal duty and grant Khan’s application for the warrants, which had been made back on February 22.

ICC President Piotr Hofmanski stated the execution of the warrants “depends on international cooperation”.

‘Historic decision’

By means of a meeting with Putin in mid-February, Lvova-Belova stated she adopted a 15-year-old youngster from the devastated Ukrainian port city of Mariupol.

“Now I know what it implies to be a mother of a youngster from Donbas — it is a difficult job but we adore each and every and each and every other, that is for optimistic,” she told Putin.

She added that “we evacuated children’s residences into safe areas, arranged rehabilitation and prosthetics for them and supplied them with targeted humanitarian assistance.”

The arrest warrant for Putin, a sitting head of state of a UN Security Council member, is an unprecedented step for the ICC.

Set up in 2002, the ICC is a court of final resort for the world’s worst crimes, when nations cannot or will not prosecute suspects.

Prosecutor Khan launched an investigation into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Ukraine just days promptly soon after Russia’s invasion.

Khan not as well extended ago posted photographs from a spend a go to to to Ukraine alongside empty cots in an empty children’s care dwelling, and stated that investigating alleged youngster abduction was a “priority”.

“It is poignant,” he stated. “A single sees empty cribs and empty beds juxtaposed with paintings by these youngsters on the walls.”

Zelensky, who met Khan on his spend a go to to, welcomed the arrest warrants for his nemesis in Moscow.

“A historic option from which historic duty will commence,” Zelensky stated.

Ukraine’s Western allies also hailed the move.

US President Joe Biden stated the warrant was “justified,” and “tends to make a extremely robust point,” when noting that the United States is not a member of the ICC.

“There is no doubt that Russia is committing war crimes and atrocities in  Ukraine, and we have been clear that these accountable will need to be held accountable,” a State Division spokesperson stated. “The ICC Prosecutor is an independent actor.”

Britain referred to as the option “welcome” and the European Union stated it was “just the commence off.” Human Rights Watch stated it was a “big day for the a lot of victims” of Russian forces.


The Kremlin dismissed the warrants.

“Russia, just like a quantity of special nations, does not recognise the jurisdiction of this court and so from a legal point of view, the options of this court are void,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

Former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev compared the warrants to toilet paper, when foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated they “have no which signifies” for Russia.

The ICC’s Khan nonetheless stated there had been “so a lot of examples of people that believed they had been beyond the attain of the law”.

“Seem at (Slobodan) Milosevic or Charles Taylor or (Radovan) Karadzic or (Ratko) Mladic,” he stated, referring to a series of war criminals from the former Yugoslavia, and former Liberian president Taylor, who have faced justice.

Earlier in the day, Beijing and Moscow announced that Chinese leader and strategic ally Xi would be in Russia subsequent week to sign accords ushering in a new era of ties.

The United States has accused China of mulling arms shipments to help Russia’s campaign — claims Beijing has strongly denied.

The arrest warrants come a day promptly soon after UN investigators stated Russia’s forced transfer and deportation of Ukrainian youngsters to areas beneath its manage amounts to a war crime.

The investigators stated parents and youngsters had spoken of youngsters becoming informed by Russian social options that they would be placed in foster households or adopted.

Neither Russia nor Ukraine are members of the ICC, but Kyiv has accepted the court’s jurisdiction and is functioning with Khan’s workplace.

Russia denies allegations of war crimes by its troops. Authorities have stated it is unlikely it would ever hand extra than any suspects.

With fighting nonetheless raging in Ukraine, Kyiv welcomed the news Friday that Slovakia will donate 13 MiG-29 warplanes.

Ukraine has lengthy requested fighter jets from Western allies, even even though it is in search of mainly modern US-made F-16s.

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