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The International Criminal Court in The Hague will start prosecuting several people in two cases for war crimes related to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, The New York Times reports.
These are the first international charges to be brought after months of work by special investigation teams.
One of the cases involves the abduction of Ukrainian children and their forced sending to Russian “re-education” camps. The second involves deliberate attacks on civilian infrastructure.
It is not yet clear who exactly the court intends to charge in each case. According to the NY Times, some experts have said Russian President Vladimir Putin himself could be among the accused.
However, the likelihood of a trial is minimal, as the International Criminal Court cannot try cases in absentia and Russia is unlikely to extradite its own citizens to face trial, let alone the country’s leader himself.
Furthermore, Russia is not a party to the International Criminal Court and does not recognise its competence.