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Russia-Ukraine war, LIVE: why it is almost impossible for Vladimir Putin to be arrested after being accused of war crimes


Following the ICC request, analysts agree that the Russian president is unlikely to end up in prison, at least in the short term.

The decision of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to accuse Vladimir Putin of war crimes in Ukraine and request his immediate international arrest shook the planet, but specialists agree that it is very difficult for the Russian president to go to jail.

Mainly, because Russia does not recognize the ICC and except for a regime change in that country, something unlikely, few believe it could happen. 

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03.18.2023 07:42


ICC prosecutor believes that Putin will go to the dock

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Karim Khan, sees it possible that Russian President Vladimir Putin will face trial for alleged war crimes, he said this Friday in an interview with CNN.

"Those who believe that it is impossible" for the Russian leader to be held accountable for the acts committed in Ukraine "do not understand history," Khan said in statements to the US media.

The prosecutor cited as examples the Nuremberg Trials (1945-1946) -for war crimes in Nazi Germany- and the judicial process for the genocide in Rwanda.

"All of them (involved) powerful and imposing individuals and yet they ended up in court," Khan added.

18.03.2023 07:00


Can the International Criminal Court arrest Vladimir Putin?

Vladimir Putin with Maria Lvova-Belova, Presidential Commissioner for Children's Rights in Russia.

The ICC requested the arrest of both.

After the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin on Friday for war crimes in Ukraine, the question arises as to whether the Russian president may one day be in the dock in Hague.

The 123 countries that signed the Rome Statute are obliged to execute the arrest warrants against Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova, Presidential Commissioner for Children's Rights in Russia, also the subject of an arrest warrant.

The arrest occurred in the event that one of the two travels to one of these countries. "It's true," ICC prosecutor Karim Khan told AFP, when asked if Putin could be arrested.

But the Court founded after the Rome Statute does not have its own police force.

The execution of the mandates "depends on international cooperation", according to the president of the ICC, the Polish jurist Piotr Hofmanski.

Another key fact is that neither Russia nor Ukraine are members of the ICC.

03.18.2023 03:58


The Belarusian Sabalenka admitted that "there is a lot of tension" between the tennis players due to the war in Ukraine

Belarusian tennis player Aryna Sabalenka.

Photo: USA TODAY Sports.

After qualifying for her first Indian Wells final on Friday, Belarusian tennis player Aryna Sabalenka admitted that the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues to generate "a lot of tension" within the women's circuit.

"Of course there is a lot of tension between us," declared the number two in the world ranking after winning 6-2 and 6-3 against the Greek Maria Sakkari in the semifinals of Indian Wells.

And she completed: "But I am still convinced that I have not done anything wrong to the Ukrainians. Neither I nor the Russian athletes, nor the Belarusians, none of us have done anything wrong."

"None of us is in control in this situation. We all just try to stay calm in the locker room (...) We all understand the Ukrainians and we feel bad for them," she closed.

03.18.2023 02:35


The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court sees possible that Putin will face trial

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Karim Khan, sees it possible that Russian President Vladimir Putin will face trial for alleged war crimes, he said this Friday in an interview with CNN.

"Those who believe it's impossible don't understand history," he considered.

To support his position, he gave examples of the Nuremberg trials for Nazi Germany's war crimes, and the Rwandan genocide trial. 

"They all involved powerful and imposing individuals and yet they ended up in court," he remarked. 

18.03.2023 01:02


"The court is approaching, verdicts and punishments"

Oleksii Reznikov, Minister of Defense of Ukraine, predicted it on social networks, after the request of the International Court to arrest Russian President Vladimir Putin for war crimes.

"All criminals must be held accountable, especially when a high-ranking official is involved in deporting children. We have long been exposing Russian war crimes. Arrest warrants for the ugly duo are just the beginning. Court is coming, verdicts and punishments," he wrote.

03.17.2023 23:19


"There is no doubt that Russia commits war crimes and atrocities"

"There is no doubt that Russia commits war crimes and atrocities in Ukraine, and we are clear that those responsible must be held accountable for these events," said US National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson after the arrest warrant issued against Vladimir Putin by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

"The ICC prosecutor is an independent actor and makes his own judicial decisions based on the evidence available to him," Watson said, without explicitly expressing support for the measure.

03.17.2023 22:08


Moscow reiterates at the UN that the ICC is an "instrument of the West" against Russia

The International Criminal Court (ICC), which this Friday issued an arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin, is nothing but "an instrument of the West" always ready to "harm" Russia, said the representative of Moscow before the Security Council, Vasili Nebenzia.

In a debate organized by the Council to deal with the humanitarian situation in Ukraine, Nebenzia did not let go of the topic of the day and accused the ICC of being "a biased and incompetent body", which also "is in the process of self-destruction in terms of to its own authority and international recognition".

In addition, in line with what was expressed this morning by other senior officials in Moscow, Nebenzia recalled that his country is not a signatory to the Rome Statute and therefore "the ICC has no jurisdiction over Russia or its citizens. Any document they issue It is invalid," he reiterated.

03.17.2023 20:48


Ukraine: Team identifies civilian victims with DNA

In the Kiev Region Police Department there is a team made up of 63 people, highly specialized professionals whose task is to identify civilian victims of war through their DNA.

"When a mass grave is found, for example, we take these briefcases, put them in our van and go to the place," Irina Pryanishnikova, a spokeswoman for the Kiev region police, told ANSA.

17.03.2023 19:40

7:40 p.m.

Zelensky calls Putin's arrest warrant a "historic decision"

The President of Ukraine welcomed the arrest warrant for Putin.

Photo Reuters

The President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelensky, described this Friday as a "historic decision" the arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin, issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for his alleged responsibility in the illegal deportation of Ukrainian children and their transfer to Russia.

"This is a historic decision, from which historic responsibility will begin," Zelensky said in his usual late-night speech.

"Today we have a fundamental decision of international justice. In a case that has a real perspective," added the Ukrainian president.

"The head of the terrorist state and another Russian official have officially become suspects in a war crime. The deportation of Ukrainian children: the illegal transfer of thousands of our children to the territory of the terrorist state," Zelensky said.

03.17.2023 18:46


US backs Russia to account for war crimes in Ukraine

The United States stressed this Friday that "there is no doubt" that Russia is committing war crimes in Ukraine and, after the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin, supported that those responsible "be accountable".

"The ICC prosecutor is an independent actor and makes his own decisions based on the evidence before him. We support accountability for perpetrators of war crimes," Adrienne Watson, spokeswoman for the Council of War crimes, said in a statement. White House Homeland Security.

The United States has not ratified the Rome Statute with which the ICC was established and has traditionally opposed various investigations of the body.

03.17.2023 18:17


Moscow, on the Rights of the Child: "We continue to work"

"We continue to work," said Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova, Russia's presidential commissioner for Children's Rights, commenting on the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against her and President Vladirmir Putin, for the deportation of Ukrainian children. to Russia, reports the Tass agency.

03.17.2023 17:53


The Kremlin's harsh response to Vladimir Putin's arrest request

Dmitri Medvedev, vice president of the Russian Security Council, responded emphatically to the request for the arrest of Vladimir Putin by the International Court.

"The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin. No need to explain WHERE this paper should be used."

The text is accompanied by the emoji of a roll of toilet paper.

03.17.2023 17:14


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Meeting with Putin in Moscow: the reasons behind Xi Jinping's trip to Russia

Chinese President Xi Jinping travels to Moscow on Monday.

Photo: AP

Not only the war in Ukraine will be at the center of the agenda.

The visit will measure the temperature of the deteriorating relations between the United States and China.

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03.17.2023 17:07


Attacks on Putin are "aggression" against Russia, says Duma president

The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

AFP photo

The head of the Duma, the Russian Chamber of Deputies, Viacheslav Volodin, assured today that "any attack" against the president, Vladimir Putin, is considered an "aggression" against the country, alluding to the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the illegal deportation of children from Ukraine, considered a war crime.

"We interpret any attack on the President of the Russian Federation as an aggression against our country," Volodin said on his Telegram account.

In addition, the head of the Russian Investigative Committee, Alexandr Bastrikin, ordered an investigation into what he called "the illegal issuance by the International Criminal Court of an arrest warrant against a Russian citizen."

Within the framework of the process, Instruction intends to establish the identity of the members of the courts that adopted said decision.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov called the order "outrageous" and "inadmissible."

03.17.2023 17:05


The EU seeks to promote measures to speed up the delivery of ammunition to Ukraine

The foreign and defense ministers of the European Union (EU) hope to close a political agreement next Monday on a plan to accelerate the manufacture and delivery of ammunition to Ukraine, as well as to undertake joint acquisitions and increase the production capacity of the industry defense union.

The foreign and defense ministers will meet that day in Brussels, but diplomatic sources have not ruled out that the political pact will be reached on Sunday during a meeting of the countries' ambassadors to the EU.

The plan, prepared by the head of community diplomacy, Josep Borrell, together with the European Commission and the European Defense Agency (EDA), was already discussed at the informal meeting that the defense ministers held in Stockholm on March 8.

03.17.2023 16:02


Vladimir Putin's arrest warrant: 5 things to know about the International Criminal Court

The request for the arrest of Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged war crimes in Ukraine is the first intervention that the international body located in The Hague has made on the conflict between Russia and Ukraine that began in February 2022. . 

What is this court?

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How does it work? The International Criminal Court judges the most serious crimes caused by some of the most brutal conflicts on the planet.

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03.17.2023 15:18


Turkey announced that it will support Finland's request to join NATO

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey would approve Finland's request to join NATO, paving the way for the country to join the military bloc ahead of Sweden.

The breakthrough came after Finnish President Sauli Niinisto met Erdogan in Ankara, 10 months after both Finland and Sweden applied to become NATO members following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, abandoning a non-alignment policy that had held for decades.

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03.17.2023 14:25

2:25 p.m.

Germany disregards Polish shipment of MiG 29 to Ukraine

The German government considered that the announced shipment to Ukraine by Poland of MiG 29 combat aircraft is a "Polish matter" and stated "it does not know" whether the devices come from the armed forces of the extinct German Democratic Republic (GDR).

"The German government acts in everything that concerns supplies to Ukraine in consensus with its allies," replied the spokesman for the executive, Steffen Hebestreit, adding that the decision adopted by the neighboring country "is up to Poland."

Berlin's reaction follows Polish President Andrzej Duda's announcement on Thursday to send four MiG29-type fighter jets to Ukraine that appear to have belonged to the GDR's air forces.

They then decided not to do it.

03.17.2023 13:48


China insists on its "constructive role" in achieving peace in Ukraine

China repitió que desempeñará un "papel constructivo" para promover "conversaciones de paz" en Ucrania tras anunciar que su presidente, Xi Jinping, visitará Rusia mientras el ministro de Exteriores, Qin Gang, mantuvo anoche una conversación telefónica con su homólogo ucraniano, Dmitro Kuleba.

"China desempeñará un papel constructivo en la promoción de conversaciones de paz", enfatizó hoy el portavoz del ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Wang Wenbin, tras anunciar la visita de Xi a Rusia.

Wang destacó que será "una visita de paz" durante la cual Pekín "mantendrá su posición objetiva y justa sobre la crisis de Ucrania". "China ha mantenido intercambios con todas las partes", agregó.

17.03.2023 13:07


La Corte Penal Internacional emitió una orden de detención contra el presidente ruso Vladimir Putin

La Corte Penal Internacional (CPI) emitió este viernes una orden de detención contra el presidente ruso Vladimir Putin por sus acciones en Ucrania.

La Sala de Cuestiones Preliminares II de la CPI emitió la orden de arresto para Putin por considerarlo presuntamente responsable de crímenes de guerra como la deportación y el traslado ilegal de niños desde zonas ocupadas a Ucrania hacia Rusia. Leer más acá

17.03.2023 12:34


España no enviará aviones de combate a Ucrania

La ministra española de Defensa, Margarita Robles, afirmó este viernes que España "no va a enviar ningún tipo de avión de combate" a Ucrania, como sí van a hacer Polonia o Eslovaquia.

El presidente del Gobierno español, Pedro Sánchez, consideró "legítima" la demanda de "ayuda aérea" lanzada por el presidente de Ucrania, Volodímir Zelenski, con el que se reunió en Kiev en febrero, aunque posteriormente aseguró que por las conversaciones de España con los aliados el envío de aviones de combate no estaba "sobre la mesa".

"España siempre será muy respetuosa con las decisiones que tomen los países aliados para ayudar a Ucrania, porque está firmemente comprometida en la ayuda a este país", pero "la posición es muy clara: no se va a enviar ningún tipo de avión de combate", aseguró Robles en declaraciones a periodistas en Madrid.

17.03.2023 12:00


Fuerzas ucranianas reivindican algunas victorias en Bajmut

Los ejércitos ucraniano y ruso siguen manteniendo fuertes combates calle a calle en la estratégica ciudad de Bajmut con alguna victoria de Ucrania en las últimas horas, aseguraron este viernes las autoridades militares locales.

Soldados ucranianos disparando un obús cerca de Bajmut. Foto: Reuters/Oleksandr Ratushniak/imagen de archivo.

"Una de las unidades eliminó una compañía enemiga (rusa) y destruyó un UAV (vehículo no tripulado) Orlan-10 en los últimos días de combate en el frente (de Bajmut)", aseguraron en su cuenta de Telegram las Fuerzas de Operaciones Especiales ucranianas.

El cuerpo militar indicó que "continúan defendiendo Bajmut y que "todo intento de avance del enemigo es repelido".

17.03.2023 11:26


Ucrania reporta actualización de bajas rusas  

17.03.2023 10:53


Kuleba: Ucrania tendrá en cuenta qué países no ayudaron en la guerra

El ministro ucraniano de Relaciones Exteriores, Dmytro Kuleba, dijo este viernes que Ucrania "tendrá en cuenta" qué países han "maltratado" al suyo desde que fue invadido por Rusia a la hora de construir relaciones futuras una vez que termine la guerra.

Kuleba pidió no retrasar la entrega de armas. Foto AP/Efrem Lukatsky.

"Si alguien en este mundo cree que la manera en que éste o aquel país se ha comportado o tratado a Ucrania en los momentos más oscuros de su historia no será tenido en cuenta a la hora de construir relaciones futuras, esta gente simplemente no sabe cómo funciona la diplomacia", advirtió Kuleba en una amplia entrevista difundida por la BBC.

Además, Kuleba alertó de que los retrasos en las entregas de armamento cuestan vidas: "Queremos que los aliados actúen más rápido. Si una entrega (de armas) se pospone un día, significa que alguien morirá en el frente. Significa que alguien que podría seguir vivo va a morir", dijo el ministro.

17.03.2023 10:22


Rusia promete destruir los cazas que Polonia y Eslovaquia entregarán a Ucrania

El Gobierno ruso afirmó el viernes que los cazas MiG-29 que Polonia y Eslovaquia entregarán a Ucrania serán "destruidos", y denunció la "creciente implicación" de los países de la OTAN en el conflicto con Kiev.

"La entrega de estos equipos militares, como hemos dicho muchas veces, no puede afectar al resultado" del conflicto, dijo el portavoz del Kremlin, Dmitri Peskov, a la prensa. "Por supuesto, estos equipos militares serán destruidos", añadió.

17.03.2023 09:48


Rusia insiste en que avala una prórroga solo de 60 días del acuerdo de granos

Rusia insistió este viernes en que acepta prolongar el acuerdo de exportación de granos desde los puertos ucranianos solo por 60 días, y no 120, como establece la iniciativa de Naciones Unidas.

"Rusia prolonga el acuerdo por 60 días", dijo el portavoz de la Presidencia rusa, Dmitri Peskov, en su rueda de prensa diaria, luego de que la ONU dijo que continúan las negociaciones para mantener en vigor el acuerdo que facilita la exportación de grano desde puertos ucranianos y recordó que las prórrogas previstas en ese pacto son de 120 días.

El llamado Acuerdo del mar Negro -sellado originalmente el pasado julio por Ucrania y Rusia con el apoyo de Turquía y Naciones Unidas- fue prolongado por última vez el pasado noviembre y expira el sábado si no hay un consenso para continuar con él.

17.03.2023 09:14


Eslovaquia cederá aviones de combate soviéticos a Ucrania

Los aviones que Eslovaquia le cede a Ucrania. Foto: AP

El gobierno de Eslovaquia aprobó este viernes un plan para ceder a Ucrania su flota de aviones de combate MiG-29 de la época soviética. Es el segundo país de la OTAN que atiende las persistentes peticiones de Kiev para recibir aviones que ayudarían en su defensa ante la invasión rusa.

En su anuncio, el primer ministro eslovaco, Eduard Heger, afirmó que su ejectivo está “en el lado correcto de la historia”. Antes había tuiteado que la ayuda militar era clave para garantizar que Ucrania puede defenderse a sí misma y a toda Europa contra Rusia.

17.03.2023 08:42


Rusia acusa a la OTAN de involucrarse en la guerra suministrando aviones caza a Ucrania

El presidente ruso, Vladimir Putin. Foto: AP

El Kremlin acusó a la OTAN de involucrarse cada vez más en el conflicto en Ucrania al anunciar el pronto suministro por parte de Polonia y Eslovaquia de cazas MiG-29 a Ucrania.

"Este es un ejemplo más de cómo varios países miembros de la Alianza Atlántica incrementan su nivel de implicación directa en el conflicto", informó Dmitri Peskov, portavoz presidencial, en su rueda de prensa telefónica diaria.

Peskov advirtió que en el marco de la campaña militar rusa en Ucrania "todos esos equipos militares deben ser destruidos".

17.03.2023 08:18


Antes de la visita de Xi Jinping a Rusia, Zelenski trabaja para una reunión con el líder chino

El presidente ucraniano Volodimir Zelenski. Foto: Reuters.

The office of the President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelenski, "already works" to prepare a possible conversation with the Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, who next week will travel to Russia on an official visit to meet with Vladimir Putin.

"The preparations for the conversation of the president, Volodimir Zelenski, with the Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, are underway," the Office of the Ukrainian president reported this Friday in a brief message collected by the Ukrainska Pravda media.

"There are no specific agreements on such a conversation yet. But this issue, in particular, was discussed by the foreign ministers of Ukraine and China. So we can say that the work is ongoing," said Serhii Nykyforov, spokesman for the Ukrainian president. .

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