According to a statement issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been accused of committing war crimes in Ukraine. The ICC alleges that Putin is responsible for unlawfully deporting children and transferring them from occupied areas of Ukraine to Russia since February 24, 2022, which was the day when Putin ordered a massive invasion of the neighboring country. The charges have been cited under articles in the Rome Statute of the ICC.
The court stated that there are reasonable grounds to believe that Putin bears individual criminal responsibility for these crimes, having committed them directly, jointly with others, or through others. Additionally, he failed to exercise proper control over civilian and military subordinates who committed the acts, or allowed for their commission, and who were under his effective authority and control, according to superior responsibility.
The ICC also issued an arrest warrant for Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova, commissioner for children’s rights in the office of the president of the Russian Federation, on the same charges.