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International Criminal Court issues Putin arrest warrant over child deportations from Ukraine

International Criminal Court issues Putin arrest warrant over child deportations from Ukraine

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova, Commissioner for Children’s Rights in the Office of the President of the Russian Federation, over allegations of their involvement in the abduction of Ukrainian children. The ICC declared that there are "reasonable grounds to believe that each suspect bears responsibility for the war crime of unlawful deportation of population and that of unlawful transfer of population from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation, in prejudice of Ukrainian children." Ukraine's General Prosecutor, Andriy Kostin, applauded the decision, saying that if Putin leaves Russia, he would be arrested and surrendered to the ICC. However, Russia, which is not a member of the ICC and does not acknowledge its authority, rejected the arrest warrant. The ICC was established as an international judicial body with the signing of the Rome Treaty of 1998 to prosecute perpetrators of the worst crimes, including genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. Last year, the ICC launched the largest "single field" investigation since its inception 20 years ago into war crimes committed during Russia's deadly war in Ukraine, and a team of investigators and support personnel has been sent to Ukraine to provide support to authorities investigating war crimes

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova, Commissioner for Children’s Rights in the Office of the President of the Russian Federation, over allegations of their involvement in the abduction of Ukrainian children. The ICC declared that there are "reasonable grounds to believe that each suspect bears responsibility for the war crime of unlawful deportation of population and that of unlawful transfer of population from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation, in prejudice of Ukrainian children." Ukraine's General Prosecutor, Andriy Kostin, applauded the decision, saying that if Putin leaves Russia, he would be arrested and surrendered to the ICC. However, Russia, which is not a member of the ICC and does not acknowledge its authority, rejected the arrest warrant. The ICC was established as an international judicial body with the signing of the Rome Treaty of 1998 to prosecute perpetrators of the worst crimes, including genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. Last year, the ICC launched the largest "single field" investigation since its inception 20 years ago into war crimes committed during Russia's deadly war in Ukraine, and a team of investigators and support personnel has been sent to Ukraine to provide support to authorities investigating war crimes

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