Calling for Russian leadership and all those involved in the Russian invasion of his country to be held responsible before an international court, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said: “We will dismantle this entire Russian genocidal system, from the cogs to the architects, and bring them to legal verdicts,” Zelenskyy said in his daily video address. The comments followed a meeting with International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Karim Khan in Kyiv on Tuesday.
While the Ukrainian president admitted this would not be an easy feat, he said “responding to Russian crimes in the face of this aggression exactly in terms of the rule of law and exactly with the power of an international court is what will serve as one of the guarantees of the long-term future security of both Ukrainians and other nations.”
The invasion of Ukraine by Russia would inevitably have legal consequences for those who planned, approved and implemented it, Zelenskyy went on to say. According to him, not only those who executed plans but also “the top political and military leadership of the terrorist state” needed to be held accountable.