The court, created in 2002 to try the worst crimes committed in the world, would also, according to the New York Timess, the intention to seek arrest warrants against several people. The outlet quotes unnamed current and former ICC officials, and gave no details on who would be charged and when.
The ICC prosecutor’s office, which is based in The Hague, said it would not “no comment”. Nevertheless, the jurisdiction has already taken hold of the conflict: it has been investigating for more than a year on possible war crimes or crimes against humanity committed during the Russian offensive. His prosecutor Karim Khan said earlier this month after a visit to Ukraine that the alleged child abductions were “the object of a priority investigation”. “Children cannot be treated as the spoils of war”, he said in a statement on March 7.