The three types of war crimes committed by the Russians during their invasion of Ukraine

Ira Gavriluk holds her cat as she walks among the bodies of her husband, brother and another man, who were killed outside their home in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv (AP Photo / Felipe Dana)
Ira Gavriluk holds her cat as she walks among the bodies of her husband, brother and another man, who were killed outside their home in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv (AP Photo / Felipe Dana)

Vladimir Putin he will not be remembered as the president who turned Russia and put it at the top of its history. On the contrary: he will go down in history as the man who committed war crimes during the invasion that he had carried out in Ukraine on February 24 to take over the country, change president and conserve much of its natural resources with which to continue extorting the world. This is what most international analysts speculate. However, how can the Russian head of state sit before an international court?

The Economist relaunches after crimes that could put him before the judges in The Hague, recalling what were the trials against the Nazi leaders after the end of the Second World War. “Battlefield evidence confirms that the Russians committed at least three types of crimes during the warObserves the magazine.

The former are war crimes”, Notes the publication which indicates that these are well established in international jurisdiction. “The Geneva Conventions, which Russia has signed, define the war crimes such as intentional killings, deliberately causing great suffering, deliberately targeting civilians, and destroying or seizing property. Summary executions in Bucha would be war crimes. So would have been the bombing of the Mariupol Theater, which was the largest bomb shelter in the city and had the Russian word “children” written in letters large enough to be seen from the sky. The Geneva Conventions determine what the international legal obligations are in all military actions. It does not matter that Russia has not formally declared war on Ukraine“.

Corpses of men, some with their hands tied behind their backs, lie on the ground in Bucha, Ukraine on Sunday, April 3, 2022. (AP Photo / Vadim Ghirda)
Corpses of men, some with their hands tied behind their backs, lie on the ground in Bucha, Ukraine on Sunday, April 3, 2022. (AP Photo / Vadim Ghirda)

Vladimir Putin he will not be remembered as the president who turned Russia and put it at the top of its history. On the contrary: he will go down in history as the man who committed war crimes during the invasion that he had carried out in Ukraine on February 24 to take over the country, change president and conserve much of its natural resources with which to continue extorting the world. This is what most international analysts speculate. However, how can the Russian head of state sit before an international court?

The Economist relaunches after crimes that could put him before the judges in The Hague, recalling what were the trials against the Nazi leaders after the end of the Second World War. “Battlefield evidence confirms that the Russians committed at least three types of crimes during the warObserves the magazine.

The former are war crimes”, Notes the publication which indicates that these are well established in international jurisdiction. “The Geneva Conventions, which Russia has signed, define the war crimes such as intentional killings, deliberately causing great suffering, deliberately targeting civilians, and destroying or seizing property. Summary executions in Bucha would be war crimes. So would have been the bombing of the Mariupol Theater, which was the largest bomb shelter in the city and had the Russian word “children” written in letters large enough to be seen from the sky. The Geneva Conventions determine what the international legal obligations are in all military actions. It does not matter that Russia has not formally declared war on Ukraine“.

A man's lifeless body lies on the stairs of a building in Bucha, Ukraine (AP Photo / Vadim Ghirda)
A man’s lifeless body lies on the stairs of a building in Bucha, Ukraine (AP Photo / Vadim Ghirda)

Second, list The Economist, the invasion ordered by Putin 41 days ago is in itself a crime beyond the methods used. “It is a crime of aggression. This is explained in the statutes of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which tries people for actions under international law. The CPI defines aggression as invasion, military occupation, land annexation, bombing and blocking of ports“.

In third place, the scale of Russian actions around Kiev (and elsewhere) strongly suggests that Russia is guilty of crimes against humanity. The ICC defines this as participation in and knowledge of “a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population”. Thousands of Ukrainians were killed and more than 4 million were deported abroad“.

However, the publication considers it difficult for this to happen, given that fly not only the accusations, but also the jurisdiction of the international courts will be systematically rejected. Even if Putin is ousted from power, his successor may decide to continue to protect him to avoid international justice. Not even the statutes of United Nations where is it Russia has the power of veto. “The legal proceedings will continue and could represent a further setback for the lawsuit and the diplomatic position of Russia. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s allies will have to find other means to increase pressure on Putin. Among them, more sanctions and more lethal weapons for Ukraine “, say the media.

Even before the horrors revealed by Russia’s withdrawal from Kiev, NATO allies had begun to offer heavier weapons. The New York Times reported on April 1 that the Biden administration had planned to relocate Soviet-made T-72 tanks to bolster Ukrainian forces in the Donbas region. These would have been the first tanks supplied to Ukraine by the United States, which had previously insisted that its military aid be purely defensive. On March 16, Britain began supplying the Ukrainians with its advanced Starstreak anti-aircraft missile; on April 1, a video showed a Starstreak apparently shooting down a Russian helicopter. More advanced weapons are likely to be offered soon. In addition to another round of penalties, the fifth in total“, he indicated The Economist.

Horror in Bucha

Russia denied that its soldiers executed civilians prior to their withdrawal bushingand today its ambassador to the United Nations, Vassili Nebenzia, he assured that his soldiers left that city and only a few days later the corpses appeared on the streets. “It was a montage,” he said at a press conference. However, the satellite images published by the newspaper The New York Times they contradict the Russian version of the Bucha massacrea Ukrainian city where he appeared this weekend dozens of civilian corpses, some handcuffed or in mass graves.

In them it is evident that the bodies that can be seen scattered on the streets were there more than a week ago, a time when Putin’s invading troops were still in bushing.

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