Arrest Warrant Against Putin: Vova-Belova said she adopted a 15-year-old child from the devastated Ukrainian port city of Mariupol.
The anniversary of the war has happened. And Ukraine has been torn apart for more than a year. Houses, hospitals, schools were all destroyed. People fled from their homes. Many people are clinging to their pets. And the children? How did they grow in this bomb forest in this one year? Deported children, who were supposed to have a safe and secure life, have been left in dire straits by Russia’s President Putin. And the International Criminal Court announced an arrest warrant against Vladimir Putin for this war crime. Russian President accused of illegally deporting Ukrainian children. The ICC in The Hague said it had also issued a warrant against Maria Vova-Belova, Russia’s presidential commissioner for children’s rights, on the same charge.
Moscow, however, is reluctant to give any weight to this warrant. Russia is not a partner of the ICC, so whether this court has the power to bring Putin to justice, Russia has questioned. War-torn Ukraine naturally welcomed the ICC’s announcement, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky calling the arrest warrant a ‘historic decision’.
Just before the moment the International Court of Justice was making this decision, two significant events took place. The court warrant comes on the heels of news that could significantly impact Russia’s war on Ukraine, including Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s visit to Moscow and more fighter jets for Kiev’s forces.
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The court says more than 16,000 Ukrainian children have been deported to Russia since the February 24, 2022 invasion of Ukraine. Many children are placed in various institutions and residential shelters. ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan says that children are the most vulnerable part of the society. So this abuse and crime against children is unforgivable. Therefore, if more than 120 members of the court enter the country, the President of Russia will be arrested.
During a meeting with Putin in mid-February, Vova-Belova said she had adopted a 15-year-old child from the devastated Ukrainian port city of Mariupol. “Now I know what it means to be a mother of a child in Donbass – it’s hard work but we love each other, that’s for sure,” she told Putin. Bova-Belova also informed that the children have been safely evacuated, their rehabilitation and other necessary matters are being arranged.
It goes without saying that this arrest warrant for Putin, the current head of the UN Security Council member state, is an unprecedented move by the ICC. Established in 2002, the ICC is a last resort for dealing with the world’s most heinous crimes. When a country cannot or will not prosecute suspected criminals, this international court comes into play.
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Ukraine’s Western allies also welcomed the move. US President Joe Biden considers the warrant to be ‘justified’, although the US itself is not a member of the ICC. Britain also welcomed the decision. However, the Kremlin rejected this warrant. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia, like many other countries, does not recognize the court’s jurisdiction and therefore the court’s decision is null and void from a legal point of view. Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev did not stop to sneer at this warrant as ‘toilet paper’.
Beijing and Moscow recently announced that Xi, the Chinese leader and diplomatic ally, will be in Russia next week to sign a series of agreements that will usher in a new era in relations between the two superpowers. The US has also accused China of providing arms to support Russia.
Neither Russia nor Ukraine is a member of the ICC, but Kiev has accepted the court’s warrant. Russia has denied accusations of war crimes by its troops. Ukraine is still at war. Ukraine has announced that Slovakia is going to donate 13 MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine. Ukraine has long sought fighter jets from its Western allies. Ukraine wants modern F-16 made in USA.