Russian War Crimes

Should aggression charges be brought during active conflict?

  • By:Corine Hegland
  • Content Type: Report
  • Publisher: CQ Press
    • Publication year: 2023
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Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which began in 2014 before escalating to full-scale war in 2022, violates the United Nations charter prohibiting the use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of nations. Russian forces have committed widespread atrocities during the invasion, including sexual violence, torture, murder, forced detention and deportation and attacks on civilian infrastructure. An unprecedented legal effort is underway to hold Russian leadership accountable. But gaps in international law and limited enforcement abilities mean Russian President Vladimir Putin and his senior officials may never stand trial. Ukraine is pushing for the creation of a new international tribunal to prosecute Russian officials for launching a war of aggression in violation of the U.N. charter. Opinions on the feasibility of such a tribunal ...

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