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(2,352 posts)
Mon Mar 7, 2022, 10:36 AM Mar 2022

Possible war crime penalties?

After listening to a report of a little town with no military targets or industry being shelled in Ukraine last night on radio news. They mentioned the possibility of war crimes charges. How realistic and powerful is that in today's situation?

Asking the experts at DU -- what is the worst punishment that Putin and the generals who are deliberately attacking civilians could face?

Is it actually possible to convict them?

Would any of that be a deterrent ?

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(90,380 posts)
1. K&R, flood the RA unencrypted communications in UKR with this message so RA generals and ...
Mon Mar 7, 2022, 10:38 AM
Mar 2022

... RA field officers understand they'll be hunted down, tried and jailed if found guilty of going after citizens.

They KNOW they are getting their asses kicked by UKR regulars, this is the most naked punk move in this centurty


(17,473 posts)
3. Very difficult without regime change in Russia, and a cooperative Russian government.
Mon Mar 7, 2022, 10:49 AM
Mar 2022

Today, Putin could veto any referral to the ICC or the creation of an ad-hoc tribunal like existed for war crimes in former Yugoslavia.

Individual states who claim universal jurisdiction for war crimes could try and convict Putin, but at best it might frustrate his travel plans.

Just arresting and detaining him are major problems, and an impossibility while he is a sitting head of state. It’s not an easy lift, I would bet on him meeting his maker first.


(11,188 posts)
7. IF Putin, his government and military leaders could be brought to trial,
Mon Mar 7, 2022, 11:12 PM
Mar 2022

the precedent of the WWII suggests that hanging is a possible sentence. The problem is that absent a regime change, there can be no arrests, trial, or convictions.

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