Up to sixteen countries unofficially support international tribunal for Russia, Ukrainian official says

31 October 2022, 08:38 PM
A destroyed house in Andriivka (Photo:Oleksandr Medvedev / NV)

A destroyed house in Andriivka (Photo:Oleksandr Medvedev / NV)

Between 10 and 16 countries have expressed their unofficial support for establishing an international tribunal to hold Russia accountable for its unprovoked aggression against Ukraine, Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin said in an interview with Ukrainian news agency Interfax-Ukraine on Oct. 31.

“Due to legal restrictions, the International Criminal Court cannot review the case of Russian aggression against Ukraine, and I consider it to be the primary international crime, which enabled all the subsequent atrocities against civilians,” said Kostin.

“And we cannot afford to let this act of violence against an entire country to go unpunished.”

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According to Kostin, the most realistic mechanism for creating a tribunal is a multilateral agreement, signed by individual governments and ratified by their parliaments. The official said he believes that a “very wide range” of countries would participate in such an initiative.

“More and more countries of the world are starting to support us now…; in general, I didn’t hear any arguments against it.” Kostin added.

“It’s a difficult process, but I am optimistic about the prospects. The number of countries willing to support the tribunal is growing: so far, we have unofficial support of 10-16 countries.”

On Oct. 7, the Ukrainian parliament called on the international community to establish a special tribunal to adjudicate the crime of Russian aggression against Ukraine.

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