Ukrainian Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova has called for a “new model” of investigative efforts to tackle alleged war crimes in Ukraine.
Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday, Venediktova thanked 39 countries that reportedly joined Ukraine’s appeal to the International Court of Justice against Russia.
Venediktova also called for a special tribunal to be created for the “unprecedented” crisis in Ukraine.
“International Humanitarian Law, International Public law, all the institutions created after WW2 as preventative, are not quite capable. Therefore, we need new models, new mechanisms. We’re asking our partners to joint investigative models, because the ones we have unfortunately don’t work,” she said.
Venediktova announced her office had already launched criminal investigations into “encroachment of territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine and waging an aggressive war” and issued warnings to 40 individuals that are part of Russia’s political elite.
The prosecutor general said her office also “took action against those who incited war and provoked further atrocities in Ukrainian territory”.
A warning was reportedly issued to a number of people she called Russian “propagandists,” including several Russian celebrities who Venediktova described as Putin supporters.
Venediktova also unveiled a new government portal where the public can report war crimes they witness in Ukraine: warcrimes.gov.ua.