FM Kuleba: Hague court announces decision to probe into Russia’s war crimes in Ukraine

21:59, 11.12.20 – UNIAN

In 2015, Ukraine lodged a case with the International Criminal Court in The Hague regarding war crimes and crimes against humanity in eastern Ukraine and Crimea.

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court in The Hague have announced the decision that there is every reason to probe into the war crimes committed by the Russian Federation in Crimea and Donbas.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba announced this on Twitter.

“In 2015, Ukraine lodged a case with the International Criminal Court in The Hague regarding war crimes and crimes against humanity in eastern Ukraine and Crimea. Prosecutors studied the documents and today [they have] announced a historic decision: there is every reason to start an official investigation,” Kuleba said on December 11.

He noted that “international justice is not quick, but inevitable.”

“The day will come when Russian criminals will certainly appear before the court,” the foreign minister added.

8 comments

  • “There is every reason to start an official investigation,”

    Hello Montana! It took them half a decade to come to this conclusion?! Fsss…

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    • I wonder if this case was on the “urgent action needed” pile?

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      • They have enough to do with a lot of cases, Ukraine is only one of them!

        Preliminary Examinations
        Colombia
        Guinea
        Iraq/UK
        Nigeria
        Palestine
        The Philippines
        Ukraine
        Venezuela I
        Venezuela II
        Bolivia

        Situations under Investigation
        Uganda
        The Democratic Republic of the Congo
        Darfur, Sudan
        Central African Republic
        The Republic of Kenya
        Libya
        Côte d’Ivoire
        Mali
        Central African Republic II
        Georgia
        Burundi
        Bangladesh/Myanmar
        Afghanistan

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  • Here is the 112 version of events. They make it look like it is Ukraine that is being investigated, not their bosses to the East.

    https://112.international/conflict-in-eastern-ukraine/international-criminal-court-ready-to-open-investigations-into-situation-in-ukraine-57275.html

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  • Now we know why In 2016, following the first report of the ICC classifying the situation in occupied Crimea as an international armed conflict, Russia announced its withdrawal from the ICC claiming that the Court “failed to meet the expectations to become a truly independent, authoritative international tribunal.”

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    • It’s almost the same arguments you here from the US when coming to the investigations in Afghanistan 😉

      Although the United States is not a state party to Rome Statute, the treaty that created the court, American citizens can be subject to its jurisdiction if the court is investigating crimes in countries that have joined. Those countries include Afghanistan, Lithuania, Poland and Romania.

      Katherine Gallagher, a senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, a New York-based legal advocacy group, said the crimes had been documented for the prosecutors to move quickly. “In the case of U.S. torture, who bears responsibility has been well-documented,” said Ms. Gallagher, who attended the overruling at The Hague on Thursday.

      For some Afghan civilians, the ruling brought hope that a court with international jurisdiction could bring them justice.

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  • “international justice is not quick, but inevitable.”
    No shit Sherlock! The first part of the sentence for sure. The second one, I’m very doubtful.
    What is the matter in the Hague? Are they currently bored with little to do and that’s why they decided to take on the case?
    In the meantime, how many people have suffered from Russian abuses? How many have been murdered?
    The Hague – just another useless paper tiger costing barrels full of money.

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