Putin should be recognised as war criminal, Ukrainian defence minister tells EU

Oleksii Reznikov cited examples such as a Russian airstrike on a theatre where 1,200 women and children were sheltering

By Reuters

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Published: Thu 17 Mar 2022, 1:29 PM

Ukrainian defence minister Oleksii Reznikov told European Union lawmakers on Wednesday that they should recognise Russian President Vladimir Putin as a war criminal after Russia attacked Ukraine.

“I am appealing to all European parliamentary members to recognise that Putin is a war criminal, “ Reznikov said via video link. He cited examples such as what he said was a Russian airstrike on a theatre on Wednesday where he said 1,200 women and children were sheltering.


US President Joe Biden on Wednesday called Russian leader Vladimir Putin a war criminal in comments the Kremlin said were “unforgivable”. Russia has denied targeting civilians and the defence ministry in Moscow said on Wednesday it had not attacked the theatre.

The EU has yet to go as far as Biden. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on March 10 said the bombing of a maternity hospital in southern Ukraine may have been a war crime.

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