Putin Must Face World Criminal Court Over War Crimes In Ukraine: EU Chief

Russia-Ukraine War: EU Chief Ursula von der Leyen said it was "possible" that the Russian leader would one day face the International Criminal Court, as "ultimately, Putin is responsible" for war crimes in Ukraine.

Putin Must Face World Criminal Court Over War Crimes In Ukraine: EU Chief

EU Chief said that she wants Russia's Putin to face the International Criminal Court over Ukraine.

Berlin:

EU chief Ursula von der Leyen said in an interview Thursday she wants Russian President Vladimir Putin to face the International Criminal Court over war crimes in Ukraine.

"That Putin must lose this war and must face up to his actions, that is important to me," she told the TV channel of German news outlet Bild.

There was no doubt that war crimes had been committed in Ukraine, said von der Leyen, who also visited Kyiv Thursday.

"Therefore we support the collection of evidence" with a view to possible proceedings at the International Criminal Court, she said.

"That is the basis of our international legal system, that we punish these crimes. And ultimately, Putin is responsible," she said.

Asked whether Putin would one day be brought before the court, she responded: "I believe it is possible."

During her visit to Ukraine for talks on closer integration with the European Union, von der Leyen pledged that the war-torn country would have Europe's support for "as long as it takes".

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