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Ukraine war: MEPs push for special tribunal to punish Russian crimes



The Parliament asserts that the atrocities committed by Russian forces in Bucha, Irpin, as well as other Ukrainian towns, show the cruelty of war. It also highlights the need for international coordination to bring those responsible to justice according to international law. MEPs ask the EU to collaborate closely with Ukraine, and other international organisations to establish a special international tribunal to prosecute Russia’s political and military leaders as well as their allies.

MEPs think that a tribunal could fill a gap in international penal justice and improve the investigative efforts of the International Criminal Court. The International Criminal Court cannot investigate the Ukrainian crime of aggravation.

Russia’s military and political leaders must be held accountable

While the MEPs are yet to decide the exact composition and modalities of the special tribunal, they insist it must have the authority and power to investigate Vladimir Putin as well as the military and political leadership in Russia.

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They emphasized that the EU should immediately start preparatory work on the special tribunal and focus on the construction of arrangements for the court with Ukraine. International and Ukrainian authorities must be supported to ensure evidence for the future.

Russia society and the international community are being informed by the establishment of a special tribunal that President Putin and his leaders can be tried for their crimes against Ukraine. MEPs point out that Putin’s Russia Federation cannot resume business as usual.

The text was approved with 472 votes, 19 against, and 33 abstentions.


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