Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo/REUTERS/sputnik
THE HAGUE – The war between Russia and Ukraine entered a new round. The International Criminal Court or ICC issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
This letter was officially issued by the ICC in The Hague, Netherlands, on Friday, 17 March 2023. The reason and background for the ICC issuing the arrest warrant has also become the focus of attention and is a big question.
Through an official statement on its website, the ICC firmly stated that Putin was responsible for war crimes in Ukraine.
In addition, Putin is also suspected of carrying out the illegal forced deportation of children from the occupied territories of Ukraine to Russia.
These crimes are said to have been committed since February 24, 2022, since Russia attacked Ukraine.
In response to this, the President of the United States (US) Joe Biden supported and considered that this step was very appropriate. With confidence, Biden said Putin had clearly committed war crimes.
Besides Putin, the ICC also included the name of Russia’s Commissioner for Children’s Rights Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova. Like Putin, Maria is also accused of deporting illegitimate children from Ukraine to Russia.
Another question that also arises is whether the ICC can arrest Putin even though Russia is not a member of the ICC?
The arrest warrant cannot be enforced in Russia. However, it will clearly interfere with Putin’s activities if he wants to travel abroad.
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