Putin officially wanted for war crimes as international arrest warrant issued
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An international arrest warrant has been issued for the arrest of Russian president Vladimir Putin over his actions in Ukraine.
The International Criminal court has today accused the Kremlin chief of the alleged war crimes that his troops have meted out across Ukraine, including allegations of torture, unlawful executions and sexual abuse.
The court said in a statement that Putin "is allegedly responsible for the war crime of unlawful deportation of the population (children) and that of unlawful transfer of population (children) from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation."
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It also issued a warrant Friday for the arrest for Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova, the Commissioner for Children's Rights in the Office of the President of the Russian Federation on similar allegations.
Moscow has previously said it does not recognise the jurisdiction of the ICC.
“We do not recognise this court; we do not recognise its jurisdiction,” Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, told journalists in Moscow on Tuesday.
On Monday, prosecutors at the ICC said they would formally open two war crimes cases and issue arrest warrants for several Russians deemed responsible for the mass abduction of Ukrainian children and the targeting of Ukrainian civilian infrastructure.
The news follows Russia being accused of war crimes for 'kidnapping' hundreds of thousands of children and sending them to 're-eductation camps' as part of a mass 'Russification campaign'.
The systematic campaign, which is “coordinated by Russia ’s federal government” according to a Yale report, saw teachers in Ukraine told to give consent forms to parents, telling them to bring their children to a specific destination the next day.
Hundreds of thousands, according to one estimate, are then whisked away to re-education camps for a form of cultural assimilation in which non-Russians are "Russified" at the expense of their own culture.
A report by Yale University, cited by the Mirror, last month said more than 6,000 children aged between four months and 17 years were being held in 43 camps.
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