The Office of the International Criminal Court (ICC) who are investigating war crimes against Russia and Vladimir Putin are to open an office in Kyiv.
The opening of the ICC office in Kyiv brings closer Russia’s responsibility for war crimes, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said on Friday.
On Friday Zelensky said we now have a good result in our cooperation with the ICC which will as a result bring accountability for Russian war crimes closer.
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The Ukrainian President said, “The International Criminal Court has opened a field office in Ukraine, and it is the largest ICC office outside of The Hague.
There is now a full coordinated cooperation between the Prosecutor General’s Office, all Ukrainian law enforcement institutions and the International Criminal Court.
Zelensky added, “it is this cooperation that helps us bring the moment of justice for Ukraine and all our people who have suffered from this war closer – the moment of lawful and deserved sentences for Russian criminals.”
The Prosecutor General of Ukraine Androy Kostin, said the opening of the ICC field office will increase the efficiency and speed of response to crimes of Russia against Ukraine.
In March the ICC issued a worldwide arrest warrant for the Russian President over war crimes.
The former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned today that the ICC will suffer “monstrous” results if there are any attempts to arrest Putin.
The deputy head of the Security Council of the Russian Federation said that they will fire a hypersonic missile at the Hague from a Russian ship based in the North Sea.
The ICC concluded that Putin is guilty of committing war crimes in Ukraine and the organisation is based at The Hague in the Netherlands.
Medvedev wrote, “The ICC judges got excited in vain. Look, they say, we are brave, and we raised a hand against the largest nuclear power without c******* ourselves.
“Alas, gentlemen, everyone walks under God and rockets. It is quite possible to imagine the targeted use of a hypersonic ‘Onyx’ (naval cruise missile )from the North Sea from a Russian ship at the Hague courthouse.”
Medvedev added, “And the court is just a miserable international organization, not the population of a NATO country.
“That’s why they won’t start a war. They will be afraid. And no one will feel sorry for them. So, judges of the court, look carefully into the sky.”
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell issued a statement condemning the unlawful threats by Medvedev.
The EU High Representative said in March, “The European Union condemns the illegal threat by a high-ranking Russian representative (as you know, such statements were made by First Deputy Head of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev) to use force against the International Criminal Court (ICC) and its host country, the Netherlands.
“It also deplores the measures announced by Russia against the ICC Prosecutor and Judges involved in the issuance of arrest warrants against Russian representatives,” the statement said.
“The EU reaffirms its full support for the ICC. Any retaliatory measure against those involved in the work of the ICC is unacceptable.
“In leading the fight against impunity, the ICC must be able to work independently and impartially,” Borrell said.