The issuance of an arrest warrant by the International Court of Justice against him Vladimir Putin for war crimes in Ukraine, it was something that Kiev has been asking for for a long time, so that the real culprit for what has been happening dramatically in Ukraine in recent months can be brought to light.

The question that arises, however, is this: Does the warrant have substance or will it never be fulfilled?

The answer is not easy. The president of Russia will not be handcuffed in prison. The only way for him to be arrested in real terms is to travel to another state and there, have the warrant activated or change the government in Russia and be turned in by his political opponents.

The crux of the warrant, however, is about history. It will go down in history that Vladimir Putin committed war crimes in Ukraine.

The Russian president is held responsible for the war crime of illegal deportation of population (children) and illegal transfer of population (children) from occupied territories of Ukrainian 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 reasonable grounds to believe that Mr. Putin bears 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 them to be committed and who were under his authority and control,” the ICC document states.

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.

“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.

Russia’s reactions

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

Former President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev he compared the International Criminal Court’s arrest warrant against Putin to a…paper.

“The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin. I don’t need to explain where this paper should be used,” Medvedev wrote in English on Twitter, accompanying his post with a toilet paper icon.

The ICC has issued arrest warrants for two individuals in connection with the situation in Ukraine: Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin and Maria Alekseevna Lvova-Belova, the Russian presidential commissioner for children’s rights in Russia, the ICC said in a statement.

Putin “is held responsible for the war crime of the illegal deportation of a population (of children) and the illegal transfer of a population of (children) from the occupied territories of Ukraine to the Russian Federation,” the Court added.

Reacting, Lvova-Belova said: “it is great that the international community appreciated the work to help the children of our country”, reported the Russian news agency RIA Novosti. Lvova-Belova said last month that she “adopted” a child from the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, which is now under Russian control.