Biden responds to Putin's arrest warrant, claiming that the Russian leader has 'clearly perpetrated war crimes'
Joe Biden claims Vladimir Putin has "clearly committed war crimes", following an arrest warrant issued by The International Criminal Court (ICC) for the Russian leader.
Although both Russia and the US were once signatories of the Rome Statute - which established the ICC – the US has never ratified it, while Russia withdrew following criticisms from the court regarding its 2014 annexation of Crimea.
These allegations are made as Russia prepares for the ninth anniversary of its 2014 annex of Crimea. This weekend, Mr. Putin will hold a "patriotic” rally at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.
The court stated that the Russian president is responsible for the war crime of unlawful removal of the population [children] and unlawful transfer of population (children] from occupied Ukraine to the Russian Federation."
According to the ICC, the pre-trial chamber concluded that there were "reasonable grounds" to believe that the two suspects were responsible for the alleged war crime and that Mr. Putin was "independently criminally liable".
Waghorn stated: "One respected American human rights group estimates that 6,000 children were deported to Russia. The Ukrainians think it's more than 16,000. And the Russians themselves claim that 700,000 children have been removed from Ukraine since 2014.
We broadcast chilling CCTV footage of 15 children being taken by the Russian military at gunpoint in Kherson's orphanage. We also aired claims that other children suffered the same fate in another nearby orphanage.
Some children have been seen resurfacing in Russia, some of them presided by President Putin. They were paraded by the Russians who claim to have saved them from the war in Ukraine and the government that Moscow claims are run by Nazis.
These allegations are now the basis of International Criminal Court Arrest warrants, which go to the top of the Russian government and Maria Lvova-Belova, President Putin's Children's Rights Commissioner.
Mr. Khan mentioned that he was also looking at the targeting of civilian infrastructure as well as alleged crimes against children, who are protected under the Geneva Convention.
Adrienne Watson, the spokesperson for the White House National Security Council, stated that "Russia is committing war crimes in Ukraine and we have made it clear that those responsible must face justice."guest