Arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin issued by ICC over Ukraine war crimes


London: An arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin over the deportation of kids from Ukraine has been issued by judges on the Worldwide Legal Court docket (ICC).

The court docket, primarily based in The Hague, mentioned Putin was accused of “the battle crime of illegal deportation of inhabitants” and of “illegal switch of inhabitants”, particularly of kids from occupied areas of Ukraine to Russia because the begin of the battle.

ICC judges have issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

ICC judges have issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin.Credit score:AP

It mentioned the crimes had been dedicated in Ukraine no less than from February 25 final 12 months when Russia launched its full-scale invasion.

“There are cheap grounds to consider that Mr Putin bears particular person prison accountability for the aforementioned crimes,” the ICC mentioned in an announcement on Friday (UK time).

The court docket additionally mentioned the Russian chief didn’t train his rights to cease others who deported youngsters. The judges additionally issued an arrest warrant for Maria Lvova-Belova, Russia’s commissioner for youngsters’s rights, accusing her of the identical crimes.


Russia has not hid a program beneath which it has introduced 1000’s of Ukrainian youngsters throughout the border, however presents it as a humanitarian marketing campaign to guard orphans and kids deserted within the battle zone.

The court docket’s president, Piotr Hofmanski, mentioned in a video assertion that whereas the ICC’s judges have issued the warrants, it will be as much as the worldwide group to implement them.

“The ICC is doing its a part of work as a court docket of regulation. The judges issued arrest warrants. The execution will depend on worldwide cooperation,” he mentioned.

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