When Ukraine triumphs in the conflict that has been raging for more than a year, Russian President Vladimir Putin will be brought before an international war crimes court, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
In a speech titled “No Peace without Justice for Ukraine” delivered in The Hague, which serves as the location of the International Criminal Court, Zelenskyy claimed that Putin “deserves to be sentenced for these criminal actions right here in the capital of the international law.”
And I’m sure that will occur if we succeed. And we’ll triumph, he assured. The ICC has issued a warrant for Putin’s arrest for alleged war crimes in Ukraine involving the kidnapping of children.
Aggression in war is a crime that cannot be brought to justice by the ICC. Zelenskyy’s statement was a passionate request for a dedicated tribunal to try that significant offense, a special court for violence.
“If we want true justice, we should not look for justifications or point to the shortcomings of the current international law, but rather should make bold decisions that will correct those shortcomings that, regrettably, exist in international law,” the author writes.
Zelenskyy’s comments came a day after he refuted claims that Ukrainian soldiers were behind what the Kremlin claimed was a drone attack on Moscow intended to assassinate Putin.
In response to what it called a “terrorist” act, the Kremlin threatened retaliation.
On Thursday, Putin’s spokesman said that the United States was responsible for the supposed strike.
During a daily conference call with reporters, Dmitry Peskov stated that the Kremlin was “well aware that the decision on such actions and terrorist attacks is not made in Kyiv, but in Washington.”
Without proving his assertion, Peskov continued, “And then Kiev does what it is told to do.”