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UK open to international criminal tribunal to hold Putin accountable for war
(L) UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, (R) US Secretary of State Antony Blinken - Photo: Liz Truss Twitter account

The UK’s foreign secretary Liz Truss has said the UK is open to the idea of an international criminal tribunal trying Vladimir Putin and other Russian leaders over the war in Ukraine, The Guardian reported.

PA Media quotes her telling Times Radio the foloowing statement:

"We are very clear that Putin and all of those who’ve been behind the appalling war crimes that are being committed in Ukraine need to be held to account, and we’re working very closely with the international criminal court.

We’ve sent support into Ukraine to help collect evidence, from witness statements to video evidence. I’ve talked to the Ukrainian government about this idea of a tribunal.

Putin's killer missiles targeted a maternity hospital, killing and wounding hundreds of innocent. Russia is bombing this Ukrainian city out of existence! (File photo and text: Euromaidan Press)

We are open to the idea of a tribunal, we’re currently considering it, but what we want is the most effective way of prosecuting those people who have committed these appalling war crimes including rape, sexual violence, the indiscriminate targeting of civilians. If the tribunal will help to do that, then the UK is definitely considering supporting it."

Earlier (April 29), UK foreign secretary Liz Truss announced that Britain will send investigators to Ukraine to help gather evidence of war crimes, including sexual violence.

Liz Truss: UK to send investigators to Ukraine, focus on sex violence

Since the so called Russian "special military operation" statrted in Ukraine on Feb 24, Moscow has denied committing war crimes in Ukraine or targeting civilians during a war that has killed thousands, devastated many cities and towns and forced five million people, mostly women and children, to flee abroad.