War crimes in Ukraine; Russia faces ICC probe

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has confirmed he would immediately open an investigation into possible war crimes committed in Ukraine, following a request to do so by 39 of the court’s member states.

“These referrals enable my office to proceed with opening an investigation into the situation in Ukraine from 21 November 2013 onwards, encompassing any past and present allegations of war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide committed on any part of the territory of Ukraine by any person”, prosecutor Karim Khan said.

Meanwhile, UN General Assembly demanded Russia stop its offensive in Ukraine. The vote was 141 to 5, with 35 abstentions.

UN said 227 civilians have been killed and 525 wounded in Ukraine. More than one million people have fled, it adds.