The Executive Director of the International Bar Association at a meeting with Andriy Smyrnov supported the creation of an international court for Russia

Deputy Chief of Staff to the President Andriy Smyrnov and Executive Director of the International Bar Association Mark Ellis discussed the establishment of an international tribunal that will investigate the crime of aggression and try Russia’s highest political authorities.

“The scale of Russian war crimes in Ukraine is staggering. Since the beginning of the war, more than 40,000 war crimes have been committed in our country. On the one hand, these are the direct executors – Russian soldiers and officers who raped, killed, tortured and gave criminal orders. But the main culprits are those who committed the “supreme international crime” – aggression and came to Ukraine with the war. This is Vladimir Putin and other top military and political leaders of Russia,” Andriy Smyrnov said at the meeting.

In order to restore justice and punish the perpetrators of this aggression, it is necessary to consolidate the efforts of the entire international legal community. Our goal is a fair trial and legal retribution, the deputy head of the president’s office stressed.

According to him, at this time, Ukraine should make it clear to all humanity that no one will avoid responsibility, just as Hitler and the leaders of Nazi Germany did not avoid it in the 1940s.

“In order to obtain legal retribution for the crime of aggression, we are initiating the creation of a special international tribunal, whose mandate will be limited to proving the guilt of having committed the crime of aggression of Russia against the Ukraine. I invite you to support this initiative. I urge you to use all your great potential of knowledge and skills so that no culprit escapes punishment. For us to witness a fair trial and legal retribution for the country, whose myth of power is collapsing before our eyes,” Andriy Smyrnov noted.

For his part, Mark Ellis declared that he fully supported the creation of an international tribunal.

“Russian leaders, especially Vladimir Putin, ignored the inviolable principles of international law by unleashing a war against Ukraine. Vladimir Putin committed the most serious crime – he committed aggression against your country. I believe that the tribunal that will be created should focus on a narrow issue – Russian aggression. The International Bar Association and I stand ready to support the international tribunal and do everything in our power to ensure that the crime of aggression is punished,” he said.

The Executive Director of the International Bar Association, Mark Ellis, has cooperated with international tribunals on the issues of Yugoslavia and Rwanda and launched a program to support judges in Iraq. On his initiative, the mobile application eyeWitness to Atrocities was created, which makes it possible to preserve evidence of war crimes.

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