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AMSTERSDAM/KYIV: The International Criminal Court plans to try to arrest Russian officials for forcibly deporting children from Ukraine and targeting civilian infrastructure, a source said on Monday, in what would be the first international war crimes cases stemming from an invasion Moscow.
The source said the arrest warrants could cover the crime of genocide, and were expected to arrive in the “short term” if a pre-trial judge approved them at the court in The Hague.
Russia would certainly reject any arrest warrants against any of its officials. But an international war crimes prosecution could deepen Moscow’s diplomatic isolation and make it difficult for those accused to travel abroad for fear of arrest.
Russia denies deliberately targeting civilian infrastructure in Ukraine, saying its attacks are all intended to reduce Kyiv’s ability to fight. He has not hidden a program where he has brought thousands of Ukrainian children to Russia, but presents it as a humanitarian campaign to protect orphans and children left in the conflict zone.