International Criminal Court launches probe of Russian invasion of Ukraine

3 March, 05:53 PM
A demonstration in support of Ukraine in Panama City, Panama, March 2, 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Erick Marciscano)

A demonstration in support of Ukraine in Panama City, Panama, March 2, 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Erick Marciscano)

Following a petition from 39 countries, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim Khan, announced the launch of an investigation of Russia’s conduct during its war on Ukraine, according to an ICC statement on March 2.

“I have notified the ICC Presidency a few moments ago of my decision to immediately proceed with active investigations in the Situation,” Khan’s statement reads.

“Our work in the collection of evidence has now commenced.”

He added that the decision to open the investigation was spurred by corresponding petitions from 39 signatories of the Rome Statute, which established the ICC, but has not been ratified by Ukraine.

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Ukraine’s Prosecutor General, Iryna Venediktova, thanked foreign governments that urged the ICC to open the case of alleged Russian war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide in Ukraine.

On March 7-8, the UN’s International Court of Justice will hold hearings on Ukraine’s lawsuit against Russia regarding Moscow breaching the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

Earlier, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Russian assault on Ukrainian cities and towns merit a trial at the ICC and Russia’s suspension from the UN Security Council.

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