It’s been a month since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began, and during this time Russian forces have attacked Ukrainian hospitals, ambulances, doctors, patients and even newborns. The Associated Press has independently observed at least 34 such attacks. Responding to these attacks, the President of Ukraine said that the world is watching these attacks, it is a genocide.
With each new attack, there is growing demand for war crimes trials against Russian President Vladimir Putin, his general and top Kremlin (Russian presidential office) advisers. In order to convict them, prosecutors must show that the attacks were not merely accidents or damage caused.
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Ryan Goodman, a professor of law at New York University and former special counsel for the US Department of Defense, said the modus operandi of the attacks would help prosecutors make the case that they were intentional attacks. He said prosecutors would draw conclusions from how many hospitals were targeted, how many times private facilities were targeted repeatedly and over what period.
Deliberate attacks on hospitals will be a top priority for war crime prosecutors. At the same time, in the midst of this war, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has appealed to Russia to negotiate again to end the war, but he also made it clear that Ukraine will not agree to give up any of its territories for peace.
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