ICC arrest warrant against Russian army chief

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued an arrest warrant against the Russian army chief and former defense minister. The move comes in response to attacks on civilian targets in Ukraine.

The ICC said in a statement that it was responsible for the missile attack on Ukraine from October 10, 2022 to March 9, 2023.

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The Hague-based court indicted former Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and General Valery Gerasimov for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The statement also said that during the mentioned period, the Russian forces carried out large-scale attacks on various power plants and substations in Ukraine.

The judges said there was sufficient reason to believe that the target of the attack was a civilian object.

Meanwhile, Russia also blames the US for the Ukrainian missile attack on Sevastopol, the largest city on the Crimean Peninsula. After the attack on Sunday (June 23), the Kremlin threatened on Monday that the United States would suffer the consequences. At the same time, the Putin administration strongly condemned and protested the incident by summoning the US ambassador to Moscow.

Ukraine attacked Crimea with Atacoms missiles on Sunday. Four people including two children were killed. In addition, at least 150 others were injured when debris from the missile landed on a nearby beach.

Source: Al-Jazeera