France has begun working with its European and Ukrainian partners on proposals to set up a special tribunal on Russia’s crime of aggression against Ukraine, the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs reported on Nov. 30.
“For France, the fight against impunity for crimes committed in Ukraine following the Russian aggression is a priority,” French diplomats said.
“We fully support Ukraine’s judicial system and the International Criminal Court, both of which have jurisdiction to conduct impartial, independent investigations aimed at ensuring accountability for those responsible for such crimes.”
The ministry also stressed that during the visit of Ukrainian Special Envoy Anton Korynevych to France’s Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs on Nov. 29, Paris reiterated its support for stepping up joint efforts with Ukraine to combat impunity.
Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak thanked France for its decision.
“An international tribunal must try the Russian president and his cronies for the crime of aggression against Ukraine,” Yermak tweeted on Dec. 1.
“Thanks to our partners for accepting our arguments. We continue our joint work.”
The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, on Oct. 7 called on the international community to establish a special tribunal to adjudicate the crime of Russian aggression against Ukraine. Prior to that, Ukraine’s leadership repeatedly called for the establishment of such a tribunal.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Nov. 30 that the European Commission was proposing to set up a specialized court, backed by the United Nations, to investigate and prosecute Russia’s crime of aggression.
Russia has been waging a full-scale war against Ukraine for more than nine months since Feb. 24. The invaders are attacking settlements throughout Ukraine, hitting residential buildings, hospitals and civilian infrastructure.
The European Parliament passed a resolution on Nov. 23, recognizing Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism and calling for its international isolation.
After that, Russia launched another massive missile strike at Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, resulting in almost the entire territory of the country was left without power and mobile communications.