On Friday, the International Criminal Court has now reportedly announced that it has issued a warrant for the arrest of Russian President Vladimir Putin on charges of war crimes in connection with his suspected role in the kidnapping of children from Ukraine.
The court claimed in a statement that “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.”
In addition, on Friday, a warrant was filed for the arrest of Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova, who serves as the Commissioner for Children’s Rights in the Office of the President of the Russian Federation.
The warrant cites claims that are identical to those previously mentioned.
The prosecution and the office of the prosecutor in Ukraine have spent the better part of the past year collecting evidence from a wide variety of national and individual sources.
Pamela Falk of CBS News reported earlier in the week that International Criminal Court prosecutor Karim Khan was planning to pursue arrest warrants for persons involved in the alleged kidnapping of Ukrainian children and the targeting of civilian infrastructure.
If Vladimir Putin were to be charged with a crime, he would immediately become a wanted man across the world.
However, it is unclear how the court’s order would be enforced, as the only nation’s likely to try and enforce it would be the United States and its close allies. Other major global powers like China and India have subtle chosen to back Putin and his government since the start of Russia’s ‘Special Military Operation’ in Ukraine.