Russian President Vladimir Putin and his commanders in Ukraine could face prosecution for war crimes, AFP and Sydney Morning Herald reported.
The warning came from the UK government on March 1 after indiscriminate shelling hit the city of Kharkiv and destroyed a school and, according to its mayor, killed at least 11 civilians.
Photographs of at least one young girl killed by Russian attacks in Ukraine have been published in British media.
A doctor who tried to save one of them said: “Show this to Putin”.
The International Criminal Court in The Hague said on Feb. 28 that it was investigating after finding a “reasonable basis” to suspect alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Ukraine since Russia seized the Crimea peninsula in 2014, The Guardian reported.
Justice Secretary Dominic Raab, a former war crimes prosecutor, said on BBC television that for Putin, Russian generals and soldiers, “there’s a very real risk that they’ll end up in the dock of a court in The Hague”.
He added: “If and when the ICC decides to take action, I’m sure the UK and allies will want to support them practically, logistically.”
Amnesty International said Russian cluster bombs hit a preschool in northeastern Ukraine on Friday, Feb. 25 that was being used to shelter civilians, killing three people including a child.
Amnesty chief Agnes Callamard denounced the attack in the town of Okhtyrka as “stomach-turning” and that the attack “should be investigated as a war crime”.
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