Warrant arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a while ago by the International Criminal Court. Kiev hailed the move by the International Court of Justice as “historic,” while Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Russia is not a party to the Court and considers any warrant issued legally invalid.

The Russian president is held responsible for her war crime illegal deportation population (children) and the illegal transportation population (children) from occupied territories of Ukraine in the Russian Federation.

The crimes Putin is accused of were allegedly committed on occupied Ukrainian territory at least since February 24, 2022.

“There are good reasons to believe that Mr. Putin is carrying an individual criminal responsibility for the aforementioned crimes, for committing the acts directly, jointly with others and/or through others and for his failure to properly exercise control over civilian and military subordinates who committed the acts or permitted their commission and who were under the power and its control” is stated in the ICC document.

An arrest warrant was also issued for the Russian official for the same war crime, Maria Belova (Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova) Commissioner for Children’s Rights in the Office of the President of the Russian Federation.

A few days ago, the UN warned Russia about the “kidnapping” of children from Ukraine.

“Russia’s transfer of Ukrainian children to areas under its control in Ukraine, as well as on Russian territory, constitutes a ‘war crime,'” said the UN Special Commission on Ukraine, which also highlighted possible crimes against of humanity.

Moscow, as APE-MPE reports, has repeatedly denied accusations of war crimes during its invasion of its neighbor.

Reacting to the news, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stressed that the arrest warrant against Putin has “no significance.” “The decisions of the International Criminal Court have no significance for our country, including from a legal point of view,” Maria Zakharova said on Telegram. “Russia is not a party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and bears no obligations under it,” he added.

On Monday, the New York Times reported that the ICC was preparing to prosecute Russians for transporting children to Russia and for deliberately striking civilian infrastructure in Ukraine.

ICC prosecutor Karim Khan said earlier this month after a visit to Ukraine that the alleged child abductions were “being investigated as a matter of priority”.

The move by the International Criminal Court came a day after a UN investigative body accused Russia of committing wide-scale war crimes in Ukraine, including deliberate killings and torture, in some cases forcing children to watch loved ones being rushed and held together with corpses.

The ICC has been investigating possible war crimes or crimes against humanity committed during the Russian invasion of Ukraine for more than a year.

Neither Russia nor Ukraine are members of the ICC, but Kiev has accepted the Court’s jurisdiction over its territory and is cooperating with the prosecutor.

Experts admit Moscow is unlikely to hand over any suspects.

News of the arrest warrant also came ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s planned official visit to Moscow next week, which is likely to cement much closer ties between Russia and China.

Zakharova: We are not cooperating with the International Court, the warrant is legally invalid

The first official reaction from Russia’s side comes from Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, who said: Russia is not a party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and has no obligations under it. Russia does not cooperate with this body and possible arrest warrants issued by the International Court of Justice will be legally void for us.

Kyiv welcomes ICC’s ‘historic’ decision to issue arrest warrant against Putin

Senior Ukrainian officials have welcomed the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) decision to issue an arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Ukrainian Attorney General Andriy Kostin said the ICC ruling, which found Putin responsible for war crimes committed in Ukraine, was “historic for Ukraine and for the entire system of international law.”

Andriy Yermak, head of President Zelensky’s office, said the issuance of the warrant was “just the beginning.”

Moscow denies accusations that its forces have committed atrocities during its invasion of its neighbor.