The European Parliament has passed a resolution to establish a tribunal to investigate Russia’s war crimes in Ukraine, the announcement is published on the EP website.
The document was supported by 472 MEPs, 19 opposed the proposal, while 33 more abstained.
The resolution notes that the specific mechanics of this tribunal are yet to be thought out. At the same time, MEPs believe that it should be vested with jurisdiction to not only look into actions by Vladimir Putin but also Alyaksandar Lukashenka and his accomplices in Belarus.
“The establishment of a special tribunal would send a very clear signal to both Russian society and the international community that President Putin and the Russian leadership at large can be convicted for the crime of aggression in Ukraine,” the announcement reads.
In December 2022, the European Parliament adopted a resolution to recognize the 1932-1933 Holodomor famine as a genocide of the Ukrainian nation. The resolution notes that the man-made famine in Ukraine was a result of deliberate policies pursued by the Soviet Union.