The Washington Post reported that the International Criminal Court (ICC) sitting in The Hague, Netherlands issued arrest warrants Tuesday for two high-ranking Russian military officers on charges linked to attacks on civilian infrastructure in Ukraine.

The documents called for the arrest of Russian Lt. Gen. Sergei Ivanovich Kobylash and Russian navy Admiral Viktor Kinolayevich Sokolov. Kobylash was commander of the Long-Range Aviation of the Aerospace Force and Sokolov commanded the Black Sea Fleet at the times of the alleged crimes.

Admiral Viktor Nikolayevich Sokolov. Photo: Facebook

 

It is only the second time the ICC has publicly announced arrest warrants linked to Russia's war in Ukraine. On March 17, 2023, following an investigation of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, the court issued arrest warrants for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Commissioner for Children's Rights Maria Lvova-Belova, alleging responsibility for the war crime of unlawful deportation and transfer of children during the war in Ukraine.

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The two senior Russian commanders are wanted for the war crime of directing attacks at civilian objects, thereby causing excessive incidental harm to civilians or damage to civilian objects, and the crime against humanity of inhumane acts.

The court said that judges who reviewed the evidence presented by prosecutors said that there are “reasonable grounds to believe” that the two men are responsible for ordering “missile strikes carried out by the forces under their command against the Ukrainian electric infrastructure” from Oct. 10, 2022 until at least March 9, 2023.

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“During this time frame, there was an alleged campaign of strikes against numerous electric power plants and sub-stations, which were carried out by the Russian armed forces in multiple locations in Ukraine,” the court said.

The court added that it “considered that the alleged campaign of strikes qualifies as a course of conduct involving the multiple commission of acts against a civilian population” and that “there are reasonable grounds to believe that the suspects also bear responsibility for the crime against humanity or ‘other inhumane acts […] intentionally causing great suffering or serious injury to body or to mental or physical health’”

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Russia does not recognize the jurisdiction of the court, despite having signed the Rome statute, which governs the ICC, in 2000. Moscow formally declined to ratify its membership in 2016, the day after the court classified the Russian annexation of Crimea as an occupation.

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John
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Worth remembering is that the NAZI's were Russia's former partners in crime for the first 2 years of this WWII. However dictators being the unreliable psychopaths that they they are; the one turned on the other in 1941. Sadly the allies helped Russia, which then refused to leave the easterly nations it occupied during that war.

After that war the 'Nuremberg executions' were held on 16 October 1946. As per wikipedia article on this topic:

"Ten prominent members of the political and military leadership of Nazi Germany were executed by hanging: Hans Frank, Wilhelm Frick, Alfred Jodl, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Wilhelm Keitel, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Alfred Rosenberg, Fritz Sauckel, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, and Julius Streicher. Hermann Göring was also scheduled to be hanged on that day, but committed suicide using a potassium cyanide capsule the night before. Martin Bormann was also sentenced to death but turns out he died while attempting to escape Berlin on 2 May 1945. The sentences were carried out by the United States Army using the standard drop method instead of long drop." The NAZI's propaganda lead Goebel's and Hitler himself both committed suicide at wars end.

I wonder why the russian war criminals collaborating with the NAZI's were not hung. Seemed like a fairly cheap way to clean out humanities despot DNA pool....now look what's happened.

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