Arrest warrant against Putin

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The International Criminal Court ICC issues an arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin, they write in a press release. Putin is accused of being guilty of war crimes. Putin is accused of war crimes – for deporting children from occupied areas of Ukraine to Russia. The crimes must have been committed, according to the ICC, from the full-scale invasion on February 24 last year until now. “There is reason to believe that Putin has an individual responsibility for the crimes mentioned, and for having committed the crimes alone and through other parties,” writes the ICC in the press release. Ukraine hails Putin is also accused thirdly of having failed, in his position as President of Russia, to have prevented the deportations. An additional person has also received an arrest warrant: Maria Lvova-Belova, who is the Commissioner for Children’s Rights in Russia. In a statement, the Office of the President of Ukraine hailed the ICC’s decision on Putin, calling it “just the beginning.” Russia: No significance In a comment, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zacharova says that Russia has not signed the Rome Statute, the basic document for the ICC’s formation, and therefore has no obligations towards the court. The ICC’s decision “has no meaning at all”, she adds.