The International Criminal Court issues an arrest warrant for Russian dictator Putin

A platform with the figure of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin in a bloodbath at a carnival in Dusseldorf, Germany, on February 20

The court also issued an arrest warrant for Human Rights Commissioner Maria Lvova-Belova.

According to the International Criminal Court, there are reasonable grounds to believe that each suspect bears responsibility for the war crime of unlawful deportation of population and illegal transfer of population from the occupied territories of Ukraine to the Russian Federation to the detriment of Ukrainian children.

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“There are reasonable grounds to believe that Mr. Putin bears individual criminal responsibility for the above crimes because he committed the acts directly, jointly with others and/or through others and because he failed to exercise proper control over exercise civilian and military subordinates who committed or permitted acts to be committed and who were under his effective authority and control, according to overriding responsibility,” the report reads.

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Ukrainian Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin stressed that the Kremlin boss is now officially suspected of having committed an international crime – the illegal forced relocation of Ukrainian children.

“This means that Putin should be arrested and tried outside of Russia,” he wrote on Facebook.

“And world leaders will think twice before shaking his hand or sitting down with him at the negotiating table.” The world has received a signal that the Russian regime is criminal and its leadership and accomplices will be held accountable.”

As previously reported, Putin had planned to attend the G20 summit in New Delhi, India, this September.

Kostin called the decision historic for Ukraine and the entire international legal system.

The US newspaper New York Times reported on March 13 that the ICC intends to open two war crimes cases related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and to issue arrest warrants for several individuals.

According to the NYT, the cases represent the first international indictments to be brought forward since the conflict began and come after months of work by special investigation teams.

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The cases allege that Russia kidnapped Ukrainian children and youth and sent them to Russian re-education camps, and that the Kremlin targeted civilian infrastructure.

The Office of the Prosecutor General recorded the deportation of more than 16,000 children from Donetsk, Luhansk, Kharkiv and Kherson Oblasts, but the real number could be much higher.

So far Ukraine has managed to bring 308 children home.

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