British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Parliament on Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has committed war crimes in Ukraine with the type of munitions used against civilians.
Johnson stated that “the munitions that (Putin’s regime) have already been dropping on innocent civilians, in my view, already fully qualifies as a war crime,” in response to a question from Scottish Independence MP Ian Blackford.
Blackford called on the Conservative government, unlike its position so far, to recognize the “crimes of aggression by the state” in order to one day be able to prosecute Putin and his regime at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague (Netherlands.)
The prime minister recalled that the ICC Prosecutor’s Office is already investigating possible war crimes in Ukraine and expressed British support.
The Prosecutor’s Office announced on Monday that it has requested to open an investigation into Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and the ruthless attack on the Ukrainian people.
Today’s session in the House of Commons was attended by the Ukrainian ambassador to the UK, Vadym Prystaiko, who received a standing ovation from representatives.