UK floats war crimes tribunal for Russian leaders and soldiers

18 May, 05:49 PM
Liz Truss (Photo:UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS)

Liz Truss (Photo:UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS)

The United Kingdom is open to an international criminal tribunal to prosecute Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and other Russian leaders for the war in Ukraine, The Guardian newspaper wrote on May 18, citing UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss.

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“We are very clear that Putin and all of those who’ve been behind the appalling war crimes that are being committed in Ukraine need to be held to account, and we’re working very closely with the International Criminal Court,” she said.

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According to her, the United Kingdom has sent representatives to Ukraine to help collect evidence, from witness statements to video.

“I’ve talked to the Ukrainian government about this idea of the tribunal,” she explained.

“We are open to the idea of a tribunal, we are currently considering it, but what we want is the most effective way of prosecuting those people who have committed these appalling war crimes including rape, sexual violence, the indiscriminate targeting of civilians.”

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