Chief Prosecutor of the Criminal Court in Bucha to Investigate Crimes
On Wednesday, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Karim Khan, visited Bucha, the town near Kyiv where hundreds of Ukrainian civilians were killed during the Russian occupation, according to Ukraine.
“Ukraine is a crime scene. We are here because we have good grounds to believe that crimes are committed that fall within our jurisdiction,” Khan told reporters. “We need to see the truth by piercing the fog of war.”
The ICC began investigating war crimes in Ukraine during the Russian invasion in early March and is collecting evidence. Russia denies killing civilians, although there are indications of that. According to Moscow, the discovery of corpses in Bucha was allegedly staged by Ukraine.
An ICC forensics team must “separate truth from fiction,” Khan said. “We need to look with an open mind and follow the evidence.” In addition, the prosecutor wants international laws that prohibit war crimes to be used to protect civilians.
Ukraine itself is not yet a member of the ICC but has given permission for the investigations. Russia is also not a member of the ICC.