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March 13, 2022 5:06 am
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The Russia-Ukraine War and Its Legal and Political Implications

avatar by Alan Baker / JNS.org

Opinion

Destroyed Russian tanks are seen, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in the Sumy region, Ukraine, March 7, 2022. Irina Rybakova/Press service of the Ukrainian Ground Forces/Handout via REUTERS

JNS.org – The bitter hostilities between Russia and Ukraine are accompanied by widely reported instances of indiscriminate targeting by Russian military forces of civilians and civilian centers, as well as nuclear power plants, grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions and the use of weapons outlawed by international law.

The bombardment of civilian areas across Ukraine has led to hundreds, possibly thousands, of deaths and has forced a wave of refugees numbering in the millions to flee their homes.

Political action within the United Nations Security Council and General Assembly has been an unsuccessful and ineffective effort to halt the fighting and settle the conflict by peaceful means pursuant to the Charter of the UN. The violations of international law and the allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity have generated a series of legal consequences in international legal bodies.

International Criminal Court (ICC)

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