EU seeks specialized court to investigate Russia war crimes

BRUSSELS, 01 December 2022, (TON): The European Union proposed to set up a U.N.-backed specialized court to investigate possible war crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine, and to use frozen Russian assets to rebuild the war-torn country.

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said “in a video message that the EU will work with international partners to get the broadest international support possible for the tribunal, while continuing to support the work of the International Criminal Court.”

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.

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