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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba said that the ICC cannot apply the article on aggression against Russia

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The International Criminal Court (ICC) cannot in practice apply the article “Aggression” regarding Russia’s special operation to protect the population of Donbass. This was announced on Wednesday, August 3, by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba.

According to him, according to the ICC statute, aggression is a crime for which one can be judged. At the same time, such an article cannot be applied in practice to the case of Ukraine and Russia for legal reasons.

Kuleba called this situation “institutional selfishness”, pointing out that the ICC is allegedly in conflict.

“What is more important – the interests of the ICC, which does not want any temporary alternatives to itself, or justice, for which the ICC exists? Here they have a stupor, because they are both for justice and for the ICC,” he added.

The day before, Deputy Director of the Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Igor Vishnevetsky, said that Moscow rejects accusations against Russia at the conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) of “unprovoked aggression” against Ukraine. In particular, he pointed out that the Ukrainian side did not even try to follow the signed Minsk agreements.

Prior to that, on July 7, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the “war” in Ukraine was unleashed by the collective West. The head of state refuted the claims of Western countries that Russia is to blame for what is happening.

On February 24, Moscow launched a special operation to protect the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DNR and LNR). Its beginning was preceded by the aggravation of the situation in the region, the appeal of the leadership of the Donbass republics to the Russian Federation with a request for help, and the subsequent recognition by Russia of the independence of the DPR and LPR.

Kyiv has been conducting a military operation against the residents of Donbass, who refused to recognize the results of the coup d’état in Ukraine, since 2014.

For more up-to-date videos and details about the situation in Donbass, watch the Izvestia TV channel.

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