The European Union wants a war crimes tribunal to look into what Russia did in Ukraine. On Thursday, the Kremlin said that any such body would be illegal and unacceptable to Moscow.
President of the European Commission. Ursula von der Leyen, said on Wednesday that the EU would try to set up a special court with the help of the UN to investigate and prosecute any possible war crimes committed by Russian forces in Ukraine.
Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin’s spokesman, told reporters on a conference call on Thursday, “As for attempts to establish some kind of tribunal: they will have no legitimacy, will not be accepted by us, and we will condemn them.”
During the nine-month conflict, the West and Ukraine have accused Russia of committing multiple war crimes, including in the town of Bucha, which Russian forces occupied for a month beginning on February 24 before withdrawing in late March following a failed offensive on the Ukrainian capital.
Ukrainian officials have advocated for establishing a war crimes tribunal to try the Russian military and political leaders they hold responsible for the conflict.
During what it calls its “special military operation,” Russia has accused Ukraine’s forces of violating international law and the Geneva Conventions. Russia, however, has denied targeting civilians or committing other war crimes.