Ukraine Brings Criminal Charges against 10 Russian Soldiers and Eurojust and ICC Announce Joint Investigation

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Friday, May 6, 2022
Bruce Zagaris

On April 28, 2022, Ukrainian authorities brought criminal charges against ten Russian soldiers, who Ukraine accuses of taking civilians hostage and mistreating them in Bucha.  This is the first criminal charges brought with respect to the conflict.[1]  On April 25, the International Criminal Court Prosecutor, Karim A.A. Khan WC announced his office has become a participant in the joint investigation team on alleged core international crimes committed in Ukraine, joining existing members Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine.[2]

[1]    Brett Forrest, Kyiv Brings Its First War-Crime Charges, Wall St. J., Apr. 29, 2022, at A9, col. 6.

[2]    International Criminal Court, Statement by ICC Prosecutor, Karim A.A. Khan QC: Office of the Prosecutor joins national authorities in Joint Investigation Team on international crimes committed in Ukraine, Apr. 25, 2022.