Ukraine to push for UN tribunal to investigate Russian crimes

13 January, 05:11 AM
Emine Dzhaparova in New York on January 12, 2023 (Photo:REUTERS/Mike Segar)

Emine Dzhaparova in New York on January 12, 2023 (Photo:REUTERS/Mike Segar)

Ukraine will submit a resolution on the creation of a special tribunal for the crimes of Russian aggression to the UN General Assembly later this year, Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Japarova said on Jan. 12, as reported by Ukrainian news agency Ukrinform.

“We call on (UN) member states to support a resolution to create a special international mechanism – a special tribunal, which we are going to submit to the General Assembly,” Japarova said during an open debate of the UN Security Council.

She reiterated the ten-point peace formula introduced by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and called on all states to contribute to its implementation. She stressed that restoring justice is one of the key points of this formula, and the only way to achieve it is to bring Russian war criminals to justice – same as the world has done with Nazi leadership after WWII.

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Earlier, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that a special tribunal was the only way to hold Russia's top political and military leadership accountable for the crime of aggression against Ukraine.

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

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