Into the third week of a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the inaction of global leadership has shifted to calling Putin a war criminal. The failure of NATO and America to offer something to Putin that could protect the integrity of Ukraine and force Russia to retreat is unforeseeable. However, war inevitably brings human suffering, and independent sources have highly reported that the Russian army targets civilian populations.
Undoubtedly, the Russian full-scale invasion has created a humanitarian crisis. Millions of Ukrainians have been displaced and forced to take shelter whilst struggling to find water and food. According to Ukraine’s State Emergency Department, two thousand civilians have died as of Wednesday. Civilian deaths and targeted shelling on apartment buildings and neighborhoods to capture major cities qualify Putin as a war criminal says, independent observers.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy described Putin’s attack on Kharkiv as “frank, undisguised terror. Nobody will forgive. Nobody will forget. This attack on Kharkiv is a war crime.” Speaking to the house, the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, reasserted that by all means, Putin’s actions qualify him to be a war criminal. Similarly, various human rights organizations and legal experts suggest that a case against Putin can be built based on the war crimes in the International Crime Court (ICC).
Irrespective of the statements, the real question is if Putin will stop? Investigations and sanctions would not do any good to the people of Ukraine. And no matter how the actions of Putin and his associates are described, the sufferings of innocent civilians are a direct consequence of global stratification. Immediate action to collaborate with the Russian regime is imperative for a more peaceful and dialogue-based solution.
Should putin’s Russia be charged with war crimes? Should he have to stand in front of the world and answer to his crimes? Let us know in the comments.