Vladimir Putin with Russia’s “Commissioner for Children’s Rights” Maria Lvova-Belova, March 2022 — The International Criminal Court has issued arrest warrants against both over the mass deportations of Ukrainian children

I joined Poland’s TVP World on Monday to analyze two linked stories over Russia’s war crimes in its invasion of Ukraine: a report by the UN’s Independent Commission of Inquiry, which found “widespread and systematic” torture by Russian forces, and the hearing of the International Criminal Court to establish if it has jurisdiction.

The other panelist is Michael Dembinski of the British-Polish Chamber of Commerce.

If these cases ever came to trial, Russia would be in very hot water, even if none of these officials will wind up behind bar because they will not be extradited from the country.

So what does Russia do? It plays for time while continuing missile and drone attacks — which are further war crimes — in an attempt to break Ukraine’s grain supplies and global exports.

We also discussed the significance of Monday’s meeting between German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Latvian counterpart Edgars Rinkevics in Berlin, amid a Europe transformed by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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