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Russia must face tribunal for the crime of aggression in Ukraine

Russia must face tribunal for the crime of aggression in Ukraine

Demands for a special tribunal to investigate Russia for a “crime of aggression” against Ukraine have been backed by senior UK politicians. Their joint statement was shared via Observer.

“The acts of aggression can be traced back not only to the February invasion but to the decision of Russia’s military and political leadership to attack and occupy Crimea, the City of Sevastopol, and the Donbas from 2014 onwards,” the statement reads. “If proven in court, these acts of aggression could constitute what the Nuremberg trials termed the “supreme international crime.” For it is the crime of aggression from which most other international crimes — war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide — often flow.”

According to the statement, the tribunal should be set up to look into the “manifestly illegal war” on the same principles that guided the allies when they met in 1941 to lay the groundwork for the Nuremberg war crimes trials of Nazi leaders.

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