The leaders of the European Union supported the initiative to create a legal mechanism to prosecute the Russian political leadership for the crime of aggression against Ukraine and agreed on other actions aimed at punishing the crimes committed in Ukraine by Russian troops. This was noted in European Council conclusions on Ukraine on March 23, 2023.
Source: The European Council
“The European Union is firmly committed to ensuring full accountability for war crimes and the other most serious crimes committed in connection with Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, including through the establishment of an appropriate mechanism for the prosecution of the crime of aggression, which is of concern to the international community as a whole. In this context, the European Council welcomes the agreement to create the new International Centre for Prosecution of the Crime of Aggression against Ukraine (ICPA) in The Hague, which will be linked to the existing Joint Investigation Team supported by Eurojust,” reported the European Council.
At the same time, the European Council confirmed its support for the investigation of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and embraced the future negotiations on the creation of a new Convention on international cooperation in the investigation and prosecution of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and other international crimes.
“The European Union remains committed to maintaining and increasing collective pressure on Russia, including through possible further restrictive measures, and to continue working on the oil price cap together with partners,” added the European Council.
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