Special Tribunal Should Convict about 20 High-Ranking Russian Officials – Ukraine's Foreign Ministry

Friday, 18 August 2023

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry has said the special international tribunal for the crime of Russian aggression against Ukraine should prosecute about 20 representatives of the Russian political and military leadership.

Anton Korynevych, Ambassador at Large of Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry, said in an interview with Ukrinform that other Russian war criminals will be held accountable for their crimes in other courts.

"The crime of aggression is an elitist crime, only those persons holding office or actually having an opportunity to give orders to wage an aggressive war can commit this crime. So, the tribunal will probably decide [who is responsible for the crimes – ed.]... It may be as many as 20 people, including the high-ranking Russian political and military leadership," he said.

Korynevych believes that this number will include Russia's Security Council permanent members, who made the decision on aggression against Ukraine, as well as those who took steps to implement this decision, including commanders of branches of the military, the Russian National Guard and the Russian Armed Forces.

Earlier, in an interview with European Pravda, Anton Korynevych said a decision on what the Russian crime of aggression tribunal will look like is yet to be made.

Ukraine, together with its allies and partners, has worked out three models for establishing and launching the special tribunal for prosecuting the Russian crimes of aggression.

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