Day 280 Roundup: EU Proposes Special Court for Russian 'War Crimes' and Using Frozen Assets for Ukraine

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    The Facts

    • Following a talk on Tuesday between G7 justice ministers, representatives of the European Commission, and the International Criminal Court (ICC) over opening a probe into allegations of Russian war crimes, European Commission Pres. Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday proposed to set up a special court to investigate the claims.

    • While continuing to support the work of the ICC — which already has a probe of allegations against Russia in progress — Von der Leyen said she'll work to get "the broadest international support possible" for the special tribunal. She further proposed using frozen Russian assets, seized by the EU, to pay for Ukrainian damages.

    The Spin

    Anti-Russia narrative

    Since Putin launched his invasion on Feb. 24, his forces have committed a number of atrocities in Bucha, Mariupol and elsewhere. This tribunal will help ensure justice is delivered for these war crimes.

    Pro-Russia narrative

    The West continues to fabricate and exaggerate Russia's actions while ignoring the very real crimes committed by Kyiv. However, Russia will continue to highlight these atrocities to the international community.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 40% chance that Vladimir Putin will be charged with war crimes by the International Criminal Court before 2024, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

    Establishment split



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