Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) to establish a special tribunal to prosecute his Kremlin counterpart, Vladimir Putin, for war crimes during an official visit on May 4 to The Hague where the judicial entity is headquartered in the Netherlands.

“A year ago, I said that this war cannot be forgiven – none of the crimes committed by Russia. I said that The Hague knew exactly – how to bring all Russian murderers to justice,” he told the Dutch legislature.

Reuters news agency reported that Ukraine’s second war-time president said that Putin “deserves to be sentenced for criminal actions.”

The ICC issued an arrest warrant in March for the Kremlin dictator over the abduction and forcible deportation of Ukrainian children from occupied territories that include the regions of Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk and Luhansk.

Zelensky’s northern European trip also included signing a joint agreement with the heads of the governments of the Netherlands – Mark Rutte – and Alexander De Croo of Belgium for additional security assistance and future accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance (NATO).

Sixteen NATO member states signed it as well and it includes a proclamation to hold Russia accountable for its war-mongering aggressions toward Ukraine.

Lithuania is expected to host the next NATO summit in July with Ukraine being high on the agenda, including talks on security guarantees from Russia.

Meanwhile, Russia appears to have pivoted toward a defensive posture along the 900-kilometer frontline in Ukraine where it partially occupies the Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.

Prominent open-source intelligence group, War Mapper, said that in April, Russia lost about 25 square kilometers of the territory it had previously occupied.

This is due to minimal Russian advances and Ukraine entering areas in the south previously considered to be ‘grey zones,’”, the OSINT group said on May 2.

Speaking on May 4 to the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines said that “Russian forces are likely unable to conduct a ‘significant offensive’” this year due to shortages in weaponry and manpower.

“Haines stated that Putin has ‘probably’ reduced his short-term goals in Ukraine to consolidate control over occupied territories and is unlikely to consider negotiations with Ukraine,” the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War said in a daily assessment of the Russo-Ukrainian War.


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Joseph Swanson
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Jack Griffin
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Putrid's days are numbered. He will probably be iced before he is persecuted for his country's war crimes and acts of terrorism. Those remaining in his wake should be prosecuted to the full extent of international law.
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He's an immoral despot it's all his responsibility. Hold a trail anyway after bakhmuts horror and other repulsive acts he will not be caught but do it anyway for the sake of the victims and the world. Then kick them of the security council for ever.

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Do you think Putin will ever stand trial? He might get away with murder. I'm afraid that at some point, they'll reach some kind of peace agreement where Putin stays in power and gets to keep Crimea. We have to pray that that doesn't happen. If Putin stays in power and gets to keep Crimea, then Putin has won.

Let's not forget that Putin shelled apartment buildings, targeted civilians, bombed maternity wards, children hospitals, kindergartens, theaters and art schools, primary schools and even churches. These atrocities must be severely punished.

The world may never punish Vladimir Putin for his horrendous war crimes. But I know that on judgment day, he'll stand before almighty God and give an account of every single one of his atrocities. He'll be found guilty as charged. And then, he will receive his just reward. He'll quickly be cast into "the lake that burns with fire and sulfur" (Revelation 21:8), where he will be punished for all eternity. In the end, he doesn't get away with it. God will make sure of that.

* Number six of the Ten Commandments, "You shall not murder." (Exodus 20:13)

* "Whoever takes a human life shall surely be put to death." (Leviticus 24:17)

* "But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death." (Revelation 21:8)