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“President of the aggressor” – Investigating Putin’s war crimes

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The fight in Ukraine isn’t just on the battlefield – but also in the courtroom, with thousands upon thousands of Russian war crimes currently under investigation

Over 6,300 Russian war crimes are under investigation in Ukraine.

According to the Prosecutor General’s Office, another 2,941 Russian crimes against Ukraine’s national security are also being investigated.

Right across shattered Ukraine, testimony as well as evidence is being collected, all in hopes that the International Criminal Court will find Russia guilty of committing war crimes within Ukraine.

Countries right across the world, including Britain, the United States and Australia have condemned the actions by the Kremlin, hoping that international justice will be served.

An investigation into alleged war crimes committed by Russia is right now being led by Ukraine’s Prosecutor General, Iryna Venediktova – who was appointed two years ago to the top job.

She watched the exhumation of another mass grave this week, beneath a gold-domed church in Bucha, where the “darkest of sins” were discovered – 10 victims this time, some completely charred.

Remains of those killed continue to be placed into body bags and taken off for identification.

“A lot of people speak about the genocide of the Ukrainian people – and we actually have grounds to talk about genocide,”

– Iryna Venediktova.
Ukraine remains a battleground with investigations into Russian-committed war crimes continuing.

Will Putin be held to account?

Venediktova is confident that Russia will bare the consequences for its actions in Ukraine, but says that as the war goes on, more will die and others become displaced, until guns are put down.

She says Vladimir Putin is the man responsible for such crimes.

“Vladimir Putin is the president of the aggressor country killing civilians here in Ukraine. He’s responsible.”

Japan’s government is considering sending three prosecutors to the International Criminal Court to support the ICC’s investigation into alleged war crimes committed by Russian forces in Ukraine.

The country could send the legal team as early as sometime this April.

The Kremlin continues to deny such allegations that it has broken international law and committed war crimes in neighbouring Ukraine.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Zelensky addresses the U.N. as protests break out in Russia

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Zelensky addresses the U.N. as protests over Putin’s mobilisation plan break out in Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the U.N. General Assembly in New York.

Zelensky says his nation just wants peace and believes Russia should be punished and ostracised for its actions.

“A crime has been committed against Ukraine and we demand just punishment. The crime was committed against our state borders. The crime was committed against the lives of our people,” Zelensky said. “Ukraine demands punishment for trying to steal our territory”.

In the powerful speech, the Ukrainian President also called for Russia to lose its U.N. veto power. Russia is currently one of the five permanent members of the Security Council.

He is also seeking more military aid, pleading for more weapons to help liberate his country’s land.

Protests engulf major Russia cities

In Russia, police have arrested hundreds of protestors who are rallying against Vladimir Putin’s military mobilisation.

Human rights group OVD Info estimates more than 1,000 people have been taken into custody so far. The largest number of arrests were made in St Petersburg and Moscow.

As the Kremlin announced its intention to call up thousands of extra troops to fight the warn in Ukraine, flights departing Russia sold out almost immediately.

The mobilisation will likely see at least 300,000 military reservists drafted to bolster Russia’s forces.

In Moscow, the prosecutor’s office is warning that calls on the internet to join protests, or participation in these protests, could result in up to 15 years in jail time.

Russia’s disinformation laws about the war have made public demonstrations rare.

In his first national televised address since the war began, Putin said he will use “all available means” to protect Russian territory.

In theory, this could include nuclear weapons.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance remains vigilant.

“We will make sure that there is no misunderstanding in Moscow about exactly how we will react. Of course it depends upon what kind of situation or what kind or weapons they may use. The most important thing is to prevent that from happening and that is why we have been so clear in our communications with Russia about the unprecedented consequences,” Stoltenberg said.

Meanwhile, Putin’s mobilisation follows weeks of heavy losses for Russia in Ukraine, with Kyiv recapturing a huge area just east of Kharkiv.

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U.S. to provide Ukraine with tanks in the future

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U.S. to provide Ukraine with tanks in the future, but there is a catch

The U.S. will provide tanks to Ukraine in the future, but issues with maintenance and training may delay the rollout.

Ukraine has received billions of dollars worth of weapons and military equipment, allowing the war-torn nation to defend itself against Putin’s regime.

Russian forces are continuing to “conduct airstrikes that are impacting civilian infrastructure”, most recently striking a “dam near Kryvyi Rih”, according to a top U.S. official.

“This disturbing pattern which includes strikes that hit power stations last week continues to show Russian forces’ disregard for civilian life,” the official added.

When it comes to further military aid, the offical confirmed tanks are “absolutely on the table”, but are not an option for the immediate battle.

Once training, maintenance and sustainment issues are addressed, the roll out is more likely.

This follows verified reports Ukraine has successfully shot down 55 Russian
fighter jets.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed there would be no let-up in fighting to regain
territory lost to Russia.

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Mass burial site discovered in Ukraine

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A mass grave with over 400 bodies has been found in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region

The price of war is beginning to reveal itself in Ukraine as a mass grave, with over 400 bodies has been discovered in the recently liberated Kharkiv region.

The burial site was found in the city of Izyum, an area captured by Russian forces at the beginning of the war, and a victim to ultimate brutality.

Over recent days, Ukrainian forces have recaptured the area. So far, they have discovered over 1000 bodies in the city, with this number rising every day.

The mass grave site shows the extent of Russia’s atrocities, although Russia denies responsibility.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is launching an investigation and says “Russia leaves death everywhere and it must be held accountable for that.”

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