Germany began gathering evidence in March 2022 to prosecute possible war crimes
Germany has gathered evidence of war crimes in Ukraine, the German attorney general said in a newspaper interview published today, and added that he believes there is a need to initiate legal proceedings at the international level.
“Right now, for example, we are focusing on the mass killings in Bucha or attacks on Ukrainian political infrastructure,” Peter Frank told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper.
So far, prosecutors have a “triple-digit amount” of evidence, he added, without elaborating.
Germany began gathering evidence in March 2022 to prosecute possible war crimes, including by interviewing Ukrainian refugees and evaluating publicly available information, Frank said, adding that German prosecutors are not yet investigating specific individuals.
“We are preparing for a possible trial later – to us in Germany, to our foreign partners or before an international court,” he added.
Asked who should be tried, Frank said that Russian state leaders and those who implement decisions at the highest military level should be held accountable.
Ukraine is pushing for the creation of a special court to prosecute Russian military and political leaders it considers responsible for starting the war.
The International Criminal Court began its own investigation into alleged crimes against humanity and war crimes days after Moscow launched its invasion on February 24, but has no jurisdiction to prosecute the attack in Ukraine.
European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen, who is on a visit to Kyiv, said on Thursday that an international center to prosecute the crime of the attack on Ukraine will be established in The Hague.
Moscow has rejected accusations by Kyiv and Western countries of war crimes. The Kremlin has said it has launched a “special military operation” to protect Russia’s security.
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