China is supplying Moscow with the technology the Russian military needs for the war in Ukraine despite international sanctions and export controls.
The Wall Street Journal reports it on the basis of an analysis of customs data, which shows that Chinese state defense companies are shipping navigation equipment, technology and components for fighter jets to sanctioned Russian state companies.
"International law is clear. Ukraine can liberate its territories using any means. Crimea is Ukraine. Therefore, threats by Russian officials with "retaliatory strikes" are only a confirmation of the intention to commit assassinations of mass and an attempt to scare in the traditional Russian style. Always ignore Medvedev."
Ukrainian presidential adviser Mikhaylo Podolyak wrote on Twitter, after the words of the Russian official according to which Moscow "may use nuclear weapons if nuclear or other weapons of mass destruction are used against Russia or its allies".
Germany has collected evidence of
war crimes in Ukraine
, Attorney General Peter Frank told Welt am Sonntag newspaper, adding he sees the need for an international trial.
"Currently, we are focusing on the mass killings in
or attacks against Ukrainian civilian infrastructure," Frank said, adding that so far prosecutors have "three-digit" evidence.
When asked who should stand trial, Frank replied: Russia's leaders and those who implement decisions at the highest military level should be held to account.
"We are preparing for a possible subsequent judicial process, both we in Germany and with our foreign partners, as well as before an international court," said the German attorney general.
Germany began collecting evidence in March 2022 to prosecute possible war crimes, including by interviewing Ukrainian refugees and evaluating publicly available information, he said, adding that German prosecutors were not yet investigating specific individuals.
Ukraine and its Western allies have accused Russian forces of committing atrocities in Bucha, a satellite city of Kiev, in the immediate aftermath of the invasion last February.
Moscow has denied the allegation
Russia has also targeted key infrastructure in Ukraine but denies deliberately targeting civilians.
Kiev is pushing for the creation of a special court to prosecute Russian military and political leaders it holds responsible for starting the war.
International Criminal Court
launched its own investigation into alleged crimes against humanity and war crimes just days after the February 24 invasion of Moscow, but it lacks the jurisdiction to prosecute the aggression in Ukraine.
European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen, on a visit to Kiev, said on Thursday that an international center for prosecuting the crime of aggression in Ukraine should be set up in The Hague.