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



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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Ukraine and Moldova on the edge of EU membership



Ukraine and Moldova have officially been granted EU candidate status, moving the nations one step closer to joining the union

The decision comes nearly four months after Ukraine’s Zelensky launched his country’s bid to join the bloc, and deals a major blow to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

But Russia’s President Putin claims he has “nothing against” the possible membership, saying it’s Ukraine’s “sovereign decision” to join or not.

But some analysts are doubting whether Russia’s comments are genuine.

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Russia targets Ukrainian capital of Kyiv during G7



Russia has targeted the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, as leaders of the G7 meet in Germany

A missile strike left one dead, and six wounded after a residential apartment was hit. It’s the first such strikes on the capital in three weeks.

The city’s Deputy Mayor says four people were admitted to local hospitals, as authorities continue their search and rescue efforts.

It’s believed a 7-year-old girl is among those who are injured in the complex. Meanwhile, a missile funnel has been found in the backyard of a nearby kindergarten.

U-S President Joe Biden says the strikes are barbaric, but declined to comment on whether they were deliberately occurring because of the G7 meeting.

The Group of Seven leaders will ban imports of gold from Russia, the latest in a series of sweeping sanctions against the nation for its war in Ukraine.

Leaders will also discuss rising energy costs and inflation.

President Biden is also pledging 200 billion dollars as part of a global infrastructure package to counter China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Meanwhile, Russia maintains the invasion is a special military operation.

The nation’s Defence Minister has paid a visit to Russian troops and giving medals to soldiers.

President Vladimir Putin says his nation will transfer nuclear-capable missile systems to Belarus in the coming months.

Belarus has been a close ally to Russia. The nation’s President travelled to St Petersburg for a series of meetings at the weekend.

Meanwhile, the G7 says there is one world leader who is missing from their high-stakes talks.

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Body behind Eurovision “understands the disappointment” over next host city



Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision contest in May, capturing the hearts of the world

After taking out the win, that would mean Ukraine would host the competition next year.

But the European Broadcasting Union announced last week it could not be held in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion.

The body behind Eurovision now says it “understands the disappointment” over its decision not to hold next year’s song contest in Ukraine.

The EBU said it was in talks with the BBC to host the contest in the UK.

That’s because British entrant Sam Ryder came second in this year’s contest with his single Spaceman.

The announcement was met with disappointment by Ukrainians but the E-B-U doubled down on its position, saying in a statement that it “fully understands the disappointment that greeted the announcement”.

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