Russia-Ukraine battle: 15k probes into Russian battle crimes, ‘Value of justice is small potatoes’ says ICC head

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Ukrainian Prosecutor-Basic Iryna Venediktova informed reporters Tuesday that there are presently 15,000 ongoing investigations into Russia’s battle crimes for the reason that invasion started greater than three months in the past.  

“We have now 15,000 instances solely about Ukraine,” she stated whereas discussing a joint effort by the Worldwide Legal Court docket (ICC) to carry Russia accountable for its reported atrocities. “Simply give it some thought, solely 15,000. Tomorrow [there will be an] additional 200-300.”

Venediktova stated Ukrainian officers had barely begun to analyze and prosecute those that have been accused within the Russian armed forces. 

Nadiya Trubchaninova, 70, sits next to a plastic bag that contains the body of her son Vadym Trubchaninov, 48, who was killed by Russian soldiers in Bucha on March 30, in the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 12, 2022. 

Nadiya Trubchaninova, 70, sits subsequent to a plastic bag that accommodates the physique of her son Vadym Trubchaninov, 48, who was killed by Russian troopers in Bucha on March 30, within the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 12, 2022. 
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The ICC launched its largest-ever investigation into battle crimes earlier this month in coordination with the European Union’s authorized department, Eurojust, together with Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine. 

No less than six European nations and the U.S. have additionally launched their very own evidence-gathering probes.

The Joint Investigation Group has already interviewed over 1,100 people and can make the most of data collected from different nations in its investigations, although ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan stated the worldwide courtroom is just not mandated to share any proof that it collects with outdoors teams.

Venediktova stated it’s “essential” that nations just like the U.S. and the U.Okay. take part within the investigations to not solely assist finance the probes however to supply skilled help in areas like forensic evaluation. 

Khan welcomed any help supplied by outdoors nations because the ICC continues its investigations. 

FILE - Karim Ahmed Khan, International Criminal Court chief prosecutor, speaks during a news conference at the Ministry of Justice in the Khartoum, Sudan, Aug. 12, 2021. 

FILE – Karim Ahmed Khan, Worldwide Legal Court docket chief prosecutor, speaks throughout a information convention on the Ministry of Justice within the Khartoum, Sudan, Aug. 12, 2021. 
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“What we must always do is applaud any authority, any impartial prosecutor that’s attempting to get to the reality and vindicate the rights of survivors. We’re not in competitors. It is a shared obligation,” he stated.

The prosecutor argued that upholding the rule of legislation was not solely extra reasonably priced than financing the battle however important in upholding human rights.

“When it comes to the funds, each prosecutor will need extra assets.  However I feel objectively in case you take a look at it, the price of justice is small potatoes in comparison with the billions of {dollars} which can be expended in battle,” he added. “It is less expensive to fund a judicial mechanism than to purchase tanks and missiles.”

Khan stated the courtroom could be opening up an workplace in Kyiv to help with its investigations, however stated getting access to all elements of the war-torn nation, like jap Ukraine, stays very troublesome. 

The Ukrainian prosecutor normal stated that regardless of Russia’s unlawful occupation within the Donbas “1000’s” of instances had been opened involving crimes dedicated within the area.


The body of Anton Ischenko, 20, a Ukrainian man who died while his village was occupied by Russian troops, lies in a field in Andriivka, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022.

The physique of Anton Ischenko, 20, a Ukrainian man who died whereas his village was occupied by Russian troops, lies in a area in Andriivka, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022.

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Venediktova stated instances concerning the unlawful switch of youngsters and adults to Russia, torture, purposeful concentrating on of civilian infrastructure like colleges and hospitals, and civilian deaths had been amongst these instances they’ve begun to analyze. 

It’s unclear how lengthy the ICC’s investigations will final or how lengthy it plans to stay in Kyiv. 

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