Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal discussed the investigation of Russia’s crimes in Ukraine with International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Karim Khan.
The meeting was also attended by Prosecutor General of Ukraine Iryna Venediktova, Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov, Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyy, Justice Minister Denys Malyuska and Deputy Chief of the President’s Cabinet Oleh Tatarov , informs the government portal.
Shmyhal thanked Khan for his visit and stressed the importance of the ICC’s involvement in mobilizing all resources and launching an investigation into Russia’s gross violations of international humanitarian law.
The Prime Minister pointed out that Russia has committed systematic and massive war crimes and crimes against humanity in Ukraine since 2014.
“The Ukrainian people demand justice, all civilized people demand justice. And this requirement is pressing,” Shmyhal stressed.
The Prime Minister spoke about the atrocities committed by the Russian army in Bucha, Borodianka, Irpin, Hostomel and other localities. The Prime Minister mentioned the missile strike on Kramatorsk station and the crimes in Mariupol that Russia is trying to cover up.
“It is time for a quick and effective investigation, which will lead to real charges. It is necessary to grant the millions of victims of Russia’s armed aggression the right to a fair trial and bring to justice those who directly organize and commit horrific crimes. against Ukrainians,” Shmyhal said, adding that 42 countries have already asked the ICC to investigate.
The meeting participants pointed out that the investigative teams made up of national police and prosecutors carefully document crimes against civilians committed by the Russian military. This work is ongoing, including in areas where hostilities continue.
According to the Prime Minister, Ukraine will continue to provide all necessary support for the collection of evidence of Russia’s international crimes.
The ICC prosecutor responded by saying that the law must be mobilized on the side of humanity in order to end the suffering of the civilian population. According to Khan, the ICC team will gather evidence so that everyone who committed crimes will be held accountable.
Earlier, Prosecutor General Venediktova and ICC Prosecutor Khan made a joint working trip to Bucha in Kyiv region, where bodies of killed civilians are exhumed.
Irpin, Bucha, Hostomel, Borodianka and the entire Kyiv region were liberated from Russian invaders in early April. Massacres of civilians by Russian troops were recorded in liberated towns and villages. Among the victims of Russian war crimes were women raped, whose bodies were attempted to be burned, local government officials killed, children, the elderly and men. Many of them had their hands tied, there are traces of torture on their bodies. The victims were shot in the neck.
In March, the International Criminal Court, at the request of 42 countries, announced the opening of an investigation into war crimes following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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