The president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyhas assured this Thursday that the agreement signed by his country for the opening on Ukrainian soil of a representative office of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will enable a better investigation of war crimes committed by Russia.
“Today we have a result that we have been working on for some time. An agreement was signed on the opening of a representative office of the International Criminal Court in Ukraine”, Zelensky has stated in his usual nightly speech.
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According to the Ukrainian leader, this initiative “will allow international justice to be even more active in investigating the crimes of the Russian army” on Ukrainian soil.
For this, the President of Ukraine has expressed his gratitude to “the entire team of the International Criminal Court, the Office of the Prosecutor General, our partners, all who help in the work of international justice, the investigation of Russian crimes against Ukraine and Ukrainians”.
On the 17th, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant against the Russian president, Vladimir Putinas “presumed responsible” of the illegal deportation of Ukrainian children and their transfer from occupied areas in Ukraine to Russiawhich is a war crime under the treaty of this court, the Rome Statute.
This Thursday it was also announced that the European Comission (EC) and Poland They will organize a conference with the purpose of helping to locate the 16,200 Ukrainian children deported by Russia to its territory during that country’s war of aggression against its neighbor.
“In association with the Ukrainians, the Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawieckiand I have launched an initiative to repatriate Ukrainian children kidnapped by Russia”, announced the president of the EC, Ursula von der Leyenat the end of the first day of the summit of leaders of the European Union in Brussels.
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According to him, there are 16,200 children who have been deported while only 300 have returned so far.
“These criminal actions fully justify the arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court”, he asserted, referring to those that weigh on the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and Maria Lvova-Belova, Russian presidential commissioner for the Rights of the Child, for having deported Ukrainian minors to Russia.
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