Kyiv, March 7. Thirty countries have joined the coalition supporting the creation of a special tribunal to try alleged war crimes committed by Russia during its invasion of Ukraine, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba reported on Tuesday.

Speaking to the information space that Ukrainian TV channels jointly broadcast, Kuleba announced that the latest country to join this group is Greece, according to the Interfax-Ukraine agency.

“I am happy to inform you that there are already 30 countries. Greece joined the group today. Last weekend they were 29,” said the head of Ukrainian diplomacy.

“Then I said that I had no doubt that there would be more participants for the next meeting of the group. And we can already see that it is starting to happen,” he said.

“The objective of the group is simple: when you join it, you agree that a special tribunal will be created to hold Russia accountable for the crimes resulting from the aggression” against Ukraine, Kuleba said.

The task of this coalition is to develop legal means to create the court and solve certain problems, mainly how to end the immunity of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his entourage, according to the agency.

Kuleba commented that “all the G7 countries are in this group” and that on the 3rd they were already 29, including Guatemala, the first Latin American country to join the initiative.

The first meeting of the coalition was held on January 26, with 21 countries taking part in the debates and the second will take place in Strasbourg (France) on March 21 and 22.

As Interfax-Ukraine recalls, on March 2, 2022, the International Criminal Court (ICC) launched an investigation into possible war crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine.

To collect evidence of these alleged crimes, a joint investigation group has been created with several European judicial authorities and, within this framework, Ukraine wants a special tribunal to be set up solely to try these facts. EFE


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