As Russia continues to violate international law in Ukraine, the need for a coordinated response from the international community has never been greater.
The International Criminal Court’s (ICC) chief prosecutor Karim Khan called for an “overarching strategy” to bring perpetrators of war crimes in Ukraine to justice. This is a crucial step as the world desperately seeks a way to hold Russia accountable for its actions.
Since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, his military forces have been accused of abuses ranging from killings in the Kyiv suburb of Bucha to deadly attacks on civilian facilities, including the March 16 bombing of a theater in Mariupol that an Associated Press investigation established likely killed close to 600 people. Not to mention the countless accusations of murder, rape, and torture leveled against the occupying force.
The ICC’s call for a coordinated response comes at a crucial time. The international community must work together to investigate and prosecute Russia’s war crimes. This is the only way we can hope to hold Russia accountable and bring an end to the conflict in Ukraine.
Khan said the recent ministerial meeting addressed “a need of coordination, of coherence” and “the need of an overarching strategy” as different nations and courts work to investigate and prosecute crimes.
Regardless of how it’s done, most can agree that Russia must be held accountable for its actions.
Let us know what you think, will Russia ever be held accountable? Are these stories of sickening war crimes coming out of Ukraine all to be believed? How long will the Russian invasion continue?