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44 countries support setting tribunal for Russia over crimes against Ukraine

44 countries support setting tribunal for Russia over crimes against Ukraine Photo: Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

Representatives from 44 countries supported the idea of ​​creating a special tribunal for Russia for crimes committed against Ukraine during the annexation war, according to the Netherlands government.

The declaration was adopted at the Restoring Justice for Ukraine conference. In total, 57 countries participated in the conference.

The document was supported by 44 countries, including EU member states, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Moldova, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

"We reiterate the strong condemnation, set out in the Declaration, of the ongoing acts of aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine; these acts, including the attempted illegal annexation of regions of Ukraine, are blatant violations of the Charter of the United Nations, notably the prohibition of the use of force, constitute breaches of international law entailing the state responsibility of the Russian Federation, threaten international peace and security, challenge the respect for the rules-based international order, and undermine democratic values," the Declaration states.

During her speech at the conference, the Dutch Foreign Minister welcomed the establishment of the International Register of Damage. According to her, as of the evening of April 2, over 100 compensation claims had been received.

Ukraine's reaction

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, reacted to the decision of 44 countries to support the establishment of special tribunals for Russia.

"I am grateful to all states that recognize the importance of achieving results in this matter. I am confident that by working together, we will be able to find all of the necessary solutions and bring the Tribunal into reality. We need to make another push to get it done," said Kuleba on his X page.

Register of Damage

In 2023, the EU adopted a decision to create the International Register of Damage caused by Russian aggression against Ukraine. The main office operates in The Hague, with a satellite office in Kyiv.

On March 22, a satellite office of the Register was opened in the capital of Ukraine, and the executive director explained the mechanism of its operation.

On April 2, the International Register of Damage officially started its work, and the option to apply to destroyed property became available in the Diia (Ukrainian official app for state services).