Zelensky: send Putin to The Hague

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said May 4 that Russian President Vladimir Putin must be brought to justice for his war in Ukraine. Zelensky was addressing The Hague during a visit to the International Criminal Court (ICC), calling for a new international tribunal to prosecute the crime of aggression. Zelenski stressed:Ā “We all want to see Vladimir here, in the Hague… and I am sure we will see that happen when we win. And we will win.” The ICC issuedĀ an arrest warrant for Putin in March over the forced deportation of children from Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine. (Jurist)

Revelations of Russian war crimes in Ukraine continue to mount. Two former fighters for Russia’s Wagner Group mercenary outet told Russian opposition media site Gulagu.net last month how they had killed dozens of Ukrainian civilians, including children, as well as prisoners of war when fighting in Donetsk oblast. The two men, ex-prisoners who were “personally pardoned” by PutinĀ in exchange for recruitment as mercenaries, admitted that they participated in a general massacre of the population of areas taken by Wagner in the towns of Soledar and Bakhmutā€””women, men, elderly, and children.” (Kyiv Independent)

Putin on May 5Ā signed a decree under which Ukrainian citizens living in theĀ Russian-annexed oblasts of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia must either accept Russian citizenship or face forcible deportation by July 1, 2024. (DW)

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