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International Court Issues War Crimes Warrant For Putin

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THE HAGUE War Crime — Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, is accused of personally being responsible for kidnapping children from Ukraine by the International Criminal Court, which announced on Friday that it had issued an arrest warrant for him for war crimes.

That was the first time the ICC had issued a warrant against the head of one of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, even though world leaders have previously been indicted.

Putin “is allegedly responsible for the war crime of (children’s) unlawful deportation from (occupied) territories of Ukraine to the Russian Federation,” according to a statement from the court.

It also issued a warrant for Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-arrest Belova on related charges on Friday. Maria is the commissioner for children’s rights in the Russian Federation’s Office of the President.

Moscow instantly discounted the action, while Ukraine hailed it as a significant advance. Yet, at least initially, its application in the real world will likely be limited.

But he’ll carry the stigma of moral failure with him for the rest of his life.

“Vladimir Putin will always be regarded as an outcast around the world. He no longer has any political standing anywhere in the world. According to former international prosecutor David Crane, who spoke to The Associated Press, every foreign leader who supports him will also be embarrassed.

Piotr Hofmanski, the court’s president, said in a video statement that although the ICC’s judges issued the warrants, it would be up to the rest of the world to ensure they were carried out. The court needs a private police force to do this.


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“The judges issued arrest warrants. International cooperation is necessary for the execution, he said.

The court can inflict a maximum sentence of life imprisonment “where justified by the extraordinary gravity of the offense and the unique circumstances of the convicted person,” according to its founding treaty known as the Rome Statute.

Yet, the likelihood of Russians being tried at the ICC remains incredibly remote because Moscow continues to reject the court’s jurisdiction.

Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Kremlin, maintained that Russia rejects the ICC and views its rulings as “legally void.” Russia views the court’s action as “outrageous and reprehensible,” he continued.

When questioned whether Putin would avoid traveling to nations where he might be detained under the ICC’s arrest warrant, Peskov declined to respond.

According to Dmytro Lubinets, the director of human rights in Ukraine, 16,226 children were sent abroad, according to information from the National Information Bureau. Ukraine has succeeded in bringing 308 kids home.

Lvova-Belova responded with dripping sarcasm. She was also named in the warrant. It’s wonderful that the international community has recognized our efforts to assist the children in our nation, take them out of danger zones, provide for their needs, and surround them with kind, compassionate people.


Mykhailo Podolyak, a presidential adviser, declared that “the world shifted”.

Officials in Ukraine were thrilled with the decision.

Mykhailo Podolyak, a presidential adviser, declared that “the world shifted”. The “wheels of justice are spinning,” according to foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba, who also claimed that “international criminals will be held accountable for taking children and other international crimes.”

The news of the arrest warrant was welcomed by Olga Lopatkina, a Ukrainian woman who fought for months to get her foster children back after they were sent to a facility run by Russian supporters. “Excellent news!” she said in an exchange of messages with The Associated Press. “Everyone should be held accountable for their misdeeds,”

Even while Ukraine is not a member of the ICC, it has granted it jurisdiction over its territory, and since beginning an investigation a year ago, ICC prosecutor Karim Khan has visited Ukraine four times.

The 123-member international court does not include the United States, China, Russia and Ukraine.

“Reasonable grounds to believe that each suspect bears responsibility for the war crime of unlawful population deportation and unlawful population transfer from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation, in prejudice of Ukrainian children,” the International Criminal Court (ICC) stated in a statement following the findings of its pre-trial chamber.

For having committed the acts “directly, jointly with others and through others” and for failing to “exercise control properly over civilian and military subordinates who committed the acts,” the court statement stated that “there are reasonable grounds to believe that Mr. Putin bears individual criminal responsibility” for the kidnappings.

ICC prosecutor Khan reported seeing a children’s home in southern Ukraine 2 kilometers (just over a mile) from the fighting lines on his most recent visit earlier this month.


ICC action would have a significant impact, while Russia denounced the court’s accusations

The drawings nailed to the wall “spoke to a context of love and support that was there once,” he added in a statement. The reported repatriation of children from Ukraine to the Russian Federation or their illegal transfer to other areas of the temporarily controlled regions left this home vacant.

“As I stated to the U.N. Security Council in September, my office prioritizes investigating these alleged activities. Children cannot be considered war’s loot, according to Khan.

Others asserted that the ICC action would have a significant impact, while Russia denounced the court’s accusations and warrants as false and without merit.

Balkees Jarrah, associate director of international justice at Human Rights Watch, stated, “The ICC has labeled Putin a wanted man and taken its first move to end the impunity that has empowered criminals in Russia’s war on Ukraine for far too long. “The warrants send a strong message that providing the go-ahead for major crimes against civilians or tolerating such crimes may result in a prison cell in The Hague.”

Crane, who 20 years ago indicted the president of Liberia, Charles Taylor, for atrocities committed in Sierra Leone, warned tyrants and dictators around the world that “those who perpetrate international crimes will be held accountable, including heads of state.”

After being arrested, Taylor was later tried in the Netherlands before a special court. He was found guilty and given a 50-year prison term.

“This is an important day for justice and for the people of Ukraine,” Crane wrote in a statement to the A.P.

On Thursday, a U.N.-backed investigation listed possible incidents that amount to war crimes and maybe crimes against humanity, including Russian strikes against people in Ukraine, systematic torture, and murders in the seized territory.

A “filtration” system designed to single out Ukrainians for detention, torture, and inhumane conditions was also discovered in the extensive investigation into crimes against Ukrainians committed on Russian soil. Deported Ukrainian children who were prevented from rejoining their families were also discovered.

But, the ICC gave Putin a face on Friday, ending the accusations of kidnapping.



Messina Denaro: Notorious Italian Mafia Boss Dies

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Matteo Messina Denaro, one of Italy’s most wanted persons until his capture earlier this year, has passed away.

The 61-year-old man was believed to be a leader of the infamous Cosa Nostra Mafia for 30 years before his capture in January.

At his arrest, he was being treated for cancer and transferred from prison to a hospital last month.

Denaro was believed to be guilty of multiple murders.

In 2002, he was tried and sentenced to life in absentia for offenses, including his role in the 1992 murders of anti-Mafia prosecutors Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino. He once boasted that he could “fill a cemetery” with his victims.

In addition, he supervised racketeering, illegal waste disposal, money laundering, and drug trafficking on behalf of the Cosa Nostra organized crime syndicate.

Even though he had been on the run since 1993, it was believed that Messina Denaro was still issuing orders to his subordinates from various covert locations.

According to local media, he lapsed into an irreversible coma on Friday at a hospital in L’Aquila, central Italy, after requesting no aggressive medical treatment.


Matteo Messina Denaro, one of Italy’s most wanted persons until his capture earlier this year, has passed away.

In recent months, he had undergone surgery for cancer-related concerns but reportedly had not recovered from the most recent operation.

L’Aquila Mayor Pierluigi Biondi confirmed Denaro’s demise by writing on X (previously Twitter) that it was “the epilogue of an existence lived without remorse or regret, a painful chapter of recent history that we cannot erase.”

In addition to his crimes, Denaro was believed to be Cosa Nostra’s final “secret keeper.” Numerous informants and prosecutors believe he possessed all the information and names of those involved in several of the Mafia’s most notorious crimes.

More than one hundred members of the armed forces participated in his January detention, which occurred at a private clinic in Palermo, the capital of Sicily, where he was receiving chemotherapy.


Matteo Messina Denaro, one of Italy’s most wanted persons until his capture earlier this year, has passed away.

He had been a symbol of the state’s impotence to reach the highest levels of organized crime syndicates for many years.

Italian investigators frequently came near to apprehending Denaro by observing his closest associates. This led to the 2013 detention of his sister, Patrizia, and a number of his associates.

Police also seized valuable businesses associated with him, isolating him further.

Police had to rely on digital composites to reconstruct his appearance in the decades following his escape from justice. His voice recording was not published until 2021.

A Formula 1 fan from Liverpool was detained at gunpoint in a restaurant in the Netherlands in September 2021 after being misidentified as Denaro.


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Leader Of Canada’s House Of Commons Apologizes For Honoring Man Who Fought For Nazis

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TORONTO — Sunday, Canada’s House of Commons speaker issued an apology for recognizing a World War II Nazi soldier.

Shortly after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivered an address in the House of Commons, Speaker Anthony Rota drew attention to 98-year-old Yaroslav Hunka with a standing ovation. Rota described Hunka as a combat hero from the First Ukrainian Division.

“In my remarks following the President of Ukraine’s address, I recognised a audience member. Since then, I’ve learned additional information that makes me regret my decision,” Rota said.

He added that neither his fellow lawmakers nor the Ukrainian delegation knew his intention to recognize Hunka. Rota noted that Hunka resides in his district.

“I wish to express my deepest remorse to Jewish communities in Canada and around the globe. Rota stated, “I accept full responsibility for my actions.”

Hunka could not be reached promptly for comment.

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Sunday, Canada’s House of Commons speaker apologized for recognizing a World War II Nazi soldier.

During two separate standing ovations, Canadian legislators applauded, and Zelenskyy raised his fist in acknowledgment while Hunka saluted from the gallery. Rota called him a “Ukrainian hero and a Canadian hero, and we thank him for all his service.”

Zelenskyy was in Ottawa to garner Western support for Ukraine’s conflict against the Russian invasion.

Putin has portrayed his Ukrainian foes as “neo-Nazis,” even though Zelenskyy is Jewish and lost relatives in the Holocaust.

The office of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement stating that Rota had issued an apology and accepted complete responsibility for the invitation to Hunka and the recognition in Parliament.

The statement asserted, “This was the proper course of action.” “Neither the Prime Minister’s Office nor the Ukrainian delegation were informed in advance about the invitation or the recognition.”

The First Ukrainian Division was also called the Waffen-SS Galicia Division and the SS 14th Waffen Division. It was a volunteer unit under Nazi command.

The Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies stated on Sunday that the division “was responsible for the unfathomable mass murder of innocent civilians.”

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Zelenskyy was in Ottawa to garner Western support for Ukraine’s conflict against the Russian invasion.

“An apology is owed to every Holocaust survivor and Second World War veteran who fought against the Nazis, and an explanation must be provided as to how this individual entered the hallowed halls of the Canadian Parliament and received recognition from the Speaker of the House and a standing ovation,” the statement read.

B’nai Brith Canada’s CEO, Michael Mostyn, said it was outrageous that Parliament honored a former member of a Nazi unit, saying Ukrainian “ultra-nationalist ideologues” who volunteered for the Galicia Division “dreamed of an ethnically homogenous Ukrainian state and endorsed the idea of ethnic cleansing.”

“We expect an apology to be imminent. We anticipate a sincere repentance. Mostyn said before Rota’s statement, “Parliament owes an apology to all Canadians for this outrage and a detailed explanation of how this could have occurred at the heart of Canadian democracy.”

Members of Congress from every party stood to salute Hunka. A Conservative party spokesperson stated that the party was unaware of his past.

Sebastian Skamski stated that Trudeau’s Liberal party would have to explain why he was invited based on the allegations of this individual’s troubling history.


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President Macron Says France Will End Its Military Presence In Niger In 2024

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PARIS — President Emmanuel Macron announced on Sunday that France will terminate its military presence in Niger and withdraw its ambassador from the country following the deposal of the democratically elected president.

After French troops withdrew from neighboring Mali and Burkina Faso in recent years in response to coups, the announcement is a significant, if expected, setback to France’s policy in Africa. France had stationed thousands of troops in the Sahel region at the request of African leaders to combat jihadist groups.

Since the coup in July, France has maintained approximately 1,500 troops in Niger and has repeatedly refused an order by the new junta for its ambassador to depart, stating that it does not recognize the legitimacy of the coup leaders.

In recent weeks, tensions have escalated between France and Niger, a former French colony. Macron recently stated that diplomats survived on military rations while cooping up in the embassy.

Macron stated in an interview with France-2 television that he spoke with deposed President Mohamed Bazoum on Sunday and informed him, “France has decided to bring back its ambassador, and in the coming hours, our ambassador and several diplomats will return to France.”

He added, “And we will terminate our military cooperation with the Niger government because they no longer wish to fight terrorism.”

He stated that the troops would be withdrawn progressively, most likely by the end of the year, in coordination with the coup leaders ”because we want it to occur peacefully.


President Emmanuel Macron announced on Sunday that France will terminate its military presence in Niger and withdraw its ambassador from the country.

He stated that France’s military presence at the time was in response to a request from the government of Niger. Since the rebellion, military cooperation between France and Niger had been suspended. The junta leaders claimed that the government of Bazoum was not doing enough to safeguard the country from the insurgency.

The junta is subject to sanctions imposed by Western and regional African powers.

In August, the junta gave French Ambassador Sylvain Itte 48 hours to depart the country. The rebellion’s leaders revoked his diplomatic immunity after the deadline passed without France recalling him.

In New York on Friday, the military government that seized power in Niger accused U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of “obstructing” the West African nation’s complete participation at the U.N.’s annual meeting of world leaders to appease France and its allies.

According to experts, after repeated military interventions in its former colonies over the past few decades, France’s era as Africa’s “gendarme” may eventually end as the continent’s priorities shift.

Andrew Lebovich, a research fellow with the Clingendael Institute, a think tank, said the decision marks both an acceptance of a “harsh reality for France in the region and may possibly put some limits on the U.S. deployments in Niger, though as we have seen the U.S. and France have not followed exactly the same positionings in Niger.”

Rida Lyammouri, senior fellow at the Policy Centre for the New South, a think tank based in Morocco, stated that Niger would experience the loss of French support in its fight against violent extremist groups.

“France has been a dependable partner in providing support for Niger’s operations, and Niger has no alternative to fill this void, at least in the short and medium term,” Lyammouri stated.

Macron withdrew French forces from Mali last year due to tensions with the junta following a coup in 2020 and from Burkina Faso more recently for similar reasons. Both African nations had requested that French forces withdraw.

In addition, France suspended military operations with the Central African Republic, accusing its government of failing to halt a “massive” anti-French disinformation campaign.


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