THE CHEKING PROCESS – An investigation was opened on Wednesday following the accusations made by the Ukrainian authorities.

THE QUESTION. The investigation was launched in record time. The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court announced on Wednesday evening his “immediate openingon the situation in Ukraine, while Russia is accused from all sides: of “genocideby the invaded Ukraine, andwar crimeby Boris Johnson during a speech to British MPs. Thus, 39 States Parties to the ICC have given the green light for the launch of an investigation.

The British prosecutor Karim Khan took the initiative himself, since Ukraine, not being part of the Rome statute which governs the international tribunal in The Hague, did not have jurisdiction. “Our work of gathering evidence has begun“, did he declare. Can the offensive in Ukraine be described as “war crime” and of “genocide»? What would be the consequences of such convictions for Putin?

LET’S CHECK. And let’s start with a reminder of the legal notions. The most recent codification of the…

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