The International Criminal Court may consider the first war crimes case in Ukraine at the end of this year or early next. The authority is discussing with Kyiv the transfer of a Russian prisoner of war to court, the agency found out alt=”Bloomberg knows when The Hague will indict Ukraine” />
International Criminal Court building in The Hague
The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague plans to file charges this winter for alleged war crimes in Ukraine, according to Bloomberg, citing sources.
According to the interlocutors of the agency, consideration may begin at the end of this year or at the beginning of 2023. A final date has yet to be set and the process could be delayed as preparations could take a long time.
Bloomberg reports that separately, the ICC is in talks with the Ukrainian authorities over the transfer of one Russian prisoner of war by Kyiv.
The ICC is not part of the UN structures, it was established in accordance with the Rome Statute, signed in 1998. The court is mandated to try not states, but individuals, its competence includes bringing to justice for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.
Ukraine and Russia signed the Rome Statute in 2000 but have not ratified the document.
The ICC Chief Prosecutor Karim Khan announced the launch of an investigation into possible crimes by any side of the conflict in Ukraine in February, shortly after the start of the Russian military operation. He clarified that he had read the data transmitted to him and “confirmed that there were good grounds for starting an investigation,” since “there are reasonable grounds to believe that war crimes and crimes against humanity were committed in Ukraine.” since the end of 2013. In addition to them, the court will investigate new possible crimes if they fall under its jurisdiction, regardless of which of the parties to the conflict in Ukraine committed them, the prosecutor noted.
The Russian Ministry of Defense insists that during the military operation, the army strikes only on the military infrastructure of Ukraine, and nothing threatens civilian objects and civilians. The Russian side denies accusations of involvement in the deaths of civilians, including in the city of Bucha, Kyiv region, calling the footage from there a provocation and indicating that they were made public after Russian units left the city. During the time they controlled Bucha, “not a single local resident was harmed,” the department claims.
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