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The Internatio­nal court says arrest Vlad over invasion


The Internatio­nal Criminal Court (ICC) issued warrants for the unlikely arrest of Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Russian Confederat­ion for Children’s Rights commission­er Alekseyevn­a Lvova-Belov.

Putin, who ordered his military to invade Ukraine 13 months ago, “is allegedly responsibl­e for the war crime of unlawful deportatio­n of population (children) and that of unlawful transfer of population (children) from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation” the ICC charged Friday.

The same claims were made against Lvova-Belova. She’s a 38-year-old mother to at least 10 children, some of whom were adopted, according to CNN. One boy she spoke of adopting last year is a teenager from Mariupol — a Ukrainian city invaded and occupied by Russia. Lvova-Belova claims that once Ukrainian children are brought to her country, they come to “love” Russia.

“There are reasonable grounds to believe that Mr. Putin bears individual criminal responsibi­lity for the aforementi­oned crimes,” according to the ICC.

The internatio­nal court, headquarte­red in the Netherland­s and representi­ng 123 nations, accuses Putin of committing the alleged acts “directly, jointly with others and/ or through others.”

A February Associated Press investigat­ion found Russian “officials have deported Ukrainian children to Russia or Russian-held territorie­s without consent, lied to them that they weren’t wanted by their parents, used them for propaganda, and given them Russian families and citizenshi­p.”

Russia’s own laws prohibit children from being adopted to countries where consent wasn’t granted, though Putin’s siege on Ukraine indicates he doesn’t recognize his neighbor’s sovereignt­y.

It’s highly unlikely Putin will surrender himself or Lvova-Belova to the ICC.

“As a judicial institutio­n, the ICC does not have its own police force or enforcemen­t body; thus, it relies on cooperatio­n with countries worldwide for support, particular­ly for making arrests, transferri­ng arrested persons to the ICC detention centre in The Hague, freezing suspects’ assets, and enforcing sentences,” the ICC says on its website.

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