International Criminal Court prosecutor arrives in Kyiv
Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Kareem Khan (Photo:Office of the President)
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Karim Khan in Kyiv, Zelenskyy announced in a Facebook post on Feb. 28.
During the meeting, the president stressed that Russians must be held accountable for the crimes they committed in Ukraine.
“It is important for us to receive signals of support and the importance of justice,” Zelenskyy said.
“It means, we aren’t alone in our desire to achieve justice for Ukraine and together we will be able to return justice to Europe and the world. So that such horrific crimes couldn’t be repeated in the future, even theoretically.”
The president invited the prosecutor to take part in the upcoming United for Justice international conference in Lviv, which will be focused on the crimes committed by invading Russian forces in Ukraine.
The press service of the President’s Office reported that the office of the ICC prosecutor should soon open in Ukraine. Khan said that his team is ready to speed up the work so that "Ukrainians and people around the world see justice as soon as possible, and the guilty receive punishment."
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.
According to Ukraine’s Internal Ministry, since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, 64,986 criminal investigations have been opened to examine the crimes committed by Russian forces and their accomplices.
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