AMSTERDAM, March 17 (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday issued an arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin, accusing him of war crimes committed in Ukraine.
Moscow has repeatedly denied allegations that its forces committed atrocities during the year-long offensive against its neighbor.
In its first arrest warrant for Ukraine, the ICC called for Putin’s arrest on suspicion of the illegal deportation of children and the illegal transfer of people from the territory of Ukraine to the Russian Federation.
The Kremlin did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Earlier this week, Reuters reported that the court is expected to grant the permits.
The court issued a separate order for the same charges against Maria Lvova-Belova, the Russian Commissioner for Children’s Rights.
One year ago, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim Khan, began an investigation into possible war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Ukraine. He emphasized that during his four trips to Ukraine, he investigated alleged crimes against children and the targeting of civilian infrastructure.
Reported by Bart Meijer; Cut by Gareth Jones and Frank Jack Daniel
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