×
Newsmax TV & Webwww.newsmax.comFREE - In Google Play
VIEW
×
Newsmax TV & Webwww.newsmax.comFREE - On the App Store
VIEW
Skip to main content
Tags: war crimes | un | security council | investigation | civilians

Ukraine, Allies Call on UN to Start Inquiry Into Russian War Crimes

A protester holds a sign accusing Vladimir Putin of war crimes at the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
A protester holds a sign accusing Vladimir Putin of war crimes at the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C., on Sunday. (Richard Gunion/Dreamstime)

Monday, 28 February 2022 03:22 PM EST

Ukraine and its allies had called for a United Nations inquiry Monday into possible war crimes committed by Russia during its military actions in Ukraine.

The United Nations Human Rights Council voted on Monday to accept Ukraine's request to hold an urgent debate Thursday on Russia's invasion. A Ukrainian draft resolution will be considered at the urgent debate.

"Russian forces attempt to sow panic among the population by specifically targeting kindergartens and orphanages, hospitals and mobile medical aid brigades thus committing acts that may amount to war crimes," Ukraine's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Yevheniia Filipenko, told the Human Rights Council.

If adopted, a commission of three independent experts would investigate all alleged violations of international law in Crimea and the Donetsk and Lugansk regions since 2014 and in other areas of Ukraine since Russia's invasion last week.

Also, the office of the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Monday said it will seek court approval to open an investigation into alleged war crimes in Ukraine. Prosecutor Karim Khan on Friday expressed his concern over the Russian invasion and said the court might investigate alleged crimes arising from the current situation.

"The next step is to proceed with the process of seeking and obtaining authorization from the Pre-Trial Chamber of the Court to open an investigation," the prosecutor said in a statement Monday.

Sheba Crocker, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva, said in a statement to Reuters that Monday's vote to hold the debate showed Russia was totally isolated on the Council.

"Only 4 countries supported Russia's position, clearly demonstrating the international community is united in condemning Russia's egregious action," she said.

Russia's ambassador Gennady Gatilov said it had launched "special operations to stop the tragedy" in Ukraine's breakaway Donbass region, and that Russia's forces were not firing on civilian targets in Ukraine.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov canceled his planned visit to Geneva to address the forum Tuesday, which Moscow's mission said was "due to an unprecedented ban on his flight in the airspace of a number of EU countries that have imposed anti-Russian sanctions," but gave no specifics.

The cancellation coincided with neutral Switzerland imposing financial sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, and Lavrov.

British minister of state Lord Ahmad called for a probe into alleged human rights violations by Russia.

"There are various discussions taking place here at the Human Rights Council on this investigative mechanism. There are other engagements that we are having, including with the ICC (International Criminal Court), to ensure there is accountability for those crimes that are being committed every hour, every day on the sovereign territory of Ukraine," he told Reuters.

He said Russia was increasingly isolated economically, politically and diplomatically.

"We will continue to work with our international partners to make sure that again a very clear message is given to Russia that there is a major cost economically for Russian institutions, Russian banks, that this invasion is going to be costly to them," Ahmad said.

Canada's Foreign Minister Melanie Joly told the U.N. rights forum: "Allow me to convey something directly to the representative from Russia: Human rights are universal and can't be manipulated to justify wars and crimes."

© 2022 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.


Newsfront
Ukraine and its allies had called for a United Nations inquiry Monday into possible war crimes committed by Russia during its military actions in Ukraine.
war crimes, un, security council, investigation, civilians
537
2022-22-28
Monday, 28 February 2022 03:22 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.

Sign up for Newsmax’s Daily Newsletter

Receive breaking news and original analysis - sent right to your inbox.

(Optional for Local News)
Privacy: We never share your email address.
Join the Newsmax Community
Read and Post Comments
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
 
TOP

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
Download the NewsmaxTV App
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved