International Criminal Court to open investigations into possible war crimes in Ukraine

International Criminal Court to open investigations into possible war crimes in Ukraine

The Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) has announced that he will “immediately” begin an investigation into alleged war crimes in Ukraine.

Karim Asad Ahmad Khan said late on Wednesday that the inquiry started after 39 countries party to the Rome Statute that established the court – including Canada and France – submitted requests to the ICC to open an inquiry.

“I informed the ICC Presidency moments ago of my decision to immediately proceed with active investigations into the situation. Our work in gathering evidence has now begun,” Khan said in Wednesday’s statement.

The announcement comes a week after Russia launched a military operation against the government of Ukraine that has been condemned and sanctioned by Western powers.

On the other hand, observers expressed their surprise by the speed with which the court opened an investigation into war crimes in Ukraine, even though the war in Ukraine has not even been going on for eight days.

By contrast, the Saudi-led aggression against Yemen has been going on for nearly eight years, and the ICC have not opened any investigation into the crimes committed by the Saudi-American coalition of aggression against civilians in Yemen, which has killed tens of thousands of innocent people.

The Court also has never opened investigations into Zionist war crimes against the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territories.

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