EU proposes UN backed court to investigate Russian war crimes in Ukraine

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Ursula von der Leyen, President European Commission says EU will work with international partners to get the broadest support possible for the tribunal and the International Criminal Court 

The European Union on Wednesday, November 30, has proposed to investigate the war crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine through a U.N backed court.

According to a report by the Associated Press, the proposal also includes to use all the Russian assets frozen by the EU to help rebuild Ukraine.  

Russian forces have been accused in a range of war crimes, the report said. This includes killings in the suburbs of Kyiv and attacks on civilian facilities including the bombing of a theater in Mariupol. The report states over 600 people died during the theater bombing which took place on March 16.  

Talking about the support from the EU in the report, Ursula von der Leyen, president European Commission said, “The EU will work with international partners to get the broadest international support possible for the tribunal, while continuing to support the work of the International Criminal Court”. 

War crimes investigations committed by Russian forces in Ukraine are already underway, the report said. These investigations are being done both around Europe and also by the International Criminal Court in the Hague. The ICC has also already started their investigations.  

But the report also states, since Russia does not accept the ICC jurisdiction, the European Commission has made two proposals to all EU member states. The first includes a “special independent international court based on multilateral treaty”. And second includes “a specialized court integrated in a national justice system with international judges”, the report said.

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