Austria joins Russian war crimes tribunal initiative

16 March, 11:33 PM
The flag of Austria (Photo:Fachdozent / Pixabay)

The flag of Austria (Photo:Fachdozent / Pixabay)

Austria has joined the initiative to establish an international Special Tribunal to investigate Russia’s crimes of aggression against Ukraine, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said in a Twitter post on March 16.

The minister thanked Austria for joining the coalition of countries, and added that the core group already includes 33 states.

“As the number (of countries) grows, so does (our) confidence that Russia’s leadership will be held to account,” Kuleba said.

On April 2, 2022, International Criminal Court Prosecutor Karim Khan announced his decision to immediately proceed with active investigations into the situation in Ukraine after he had received referrals from 39 ICC member states.

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Ukraine calls for the creation of a special tribunal to bring to justice for the crime of aggression against Ukraine. The idea was subsequently supported by the European Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

Kuleba previously explained that the special tribunal is the most realistic way to bring Russian top political and military leadership to justice for the crime of aggression against Ukraine.

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