“Putin will not be in prison tomorrow” and “this is just the beginning”: how Ukraine reacts to the decision of The Hague
Now there is every reason to arrest President-dictator Vladimir Putin. The relevant warrant was issued by the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Soon, the comments of the Ukrainian authorities and ordinary people on this news began to appear on the network.
On Friday, March 17, the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands moved the process to hold the leadership of a hostile state accountable for crimes against Ukraine. In fact, he issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin. In this Channel 24 article, find out how the citizens of Ukraine, in particular, officials and activists, commented on this.
“The world has changed”: Ukrainian politicians about the arrest warrant for Putin
One of the first to react to the decision of the court in The Hague were representatives of the Office of the President. The head of the institute, Andriy Yermak , noted that this was only the beginning, and his adviser , Mikhail Podolyak , stated that the world had changed.
He also ironically called the leader of the terrorist state a “strategist” and listed what this ISS initiative testifies to.
- this is a signal to the Russian elites about what awaits them – the status quo will not be saved;
- this is the beginning of the end of Russia in the form in which it exists in the current political arena;
- this is the launch of a direct legal procedure, the consequences of which we will learn very later.
At the same time, the Prime Minister of our state, Denys Shmihal, stated that this warrant was issued precisely because of the abduction of Ukrainian children by the invaders. Also, according to him, it is clear that justice will soon prevail.
This is a significant step towards justice. After all, it is Putin who is responsible for this and other crimes of aggression. The head of the terrorist state must necessarily appear in court and answer for all the crimes committed against Ukraine,” he wrote.
Ukrainian Ombudsman Dmitry Lubenets has repeatedly stated about the kidnapping of Ukrainian children by the invaders. After the announcement of this news about Putin's potential arrest, he specified that a certain Maria Lvovy-Belova was also suspected of kidnapping our children from the occupied territories. She is the commissioner for children's rights in Russia.
These persons are suspected of committing an international crime – the illegal deportation of Ukrainian children. This is a historic decision that is just the beginning of bringing those responsible to justice. Along with Ukraine, the entire civilized world, and together we stand on the side of justice,” wrote Lubinets.
He noted that as of March 17, it is known, according to the National Information Bureau, that a hostile state has deported 16,226 children, but these numbers may be higher. Fortunately, 308 children have already been returned.
How Russia steals Ukrainian children / Picture 24 Channel
Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Alexei Danilov emphasized in his message that “this warrant for the arrest of the Moscow dictator is nothing more than erasing Putin from history.” According to him, the criminal's path is logical and predictable, and “the Armed Forces of Ukraine are the guarantor of delivering the suspect to the dock.”
The head of the Ministry of Reintegration of the Occupied Territories , Irina Vereshchuk, called this initiative the first serious steps.
In addition, the mayor of Lviv, Andriy Sadovy , mentioned that next to the court in The Hague, there is the United Nations in the international arena. In fact, while the UN “does not see” the genocide in Ukraine.
Massacres, rapes, deportations of children and a ban on them remembering their parents and the Ukrainian language is not an argument for the UN. Regular calls for the complete destruction of our nation is also not an argument,” the mayor wrote.
He also invited the head of the UN Commission of Inquiry, Eric Möse, to Lviv to medical centers. Obviously, there he will be able to talk with living witnesses of Russian monsters, from the stories of which the hair stands on end.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba stressed that “the wheels of justice are turning.” He welcomed the decision of the ISS to issue arrest warrants for Vladimir Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova for the forced displacement of Ukrainian children.
The head of the Ministry of Culture on information policy Alexander Tkachenko called this decision of the ISS historical. He informed that the world is beginning to recognize Putin as an international criminal:
“This is an important step to bring the criminals to justice. The world has seen that the Russian regime is criminal. Every killed, deported and maimed Ukrainian will have to answer. Responsibility and punishment are inevitable,” he added.
“A step towards real responsibility”: the reaction of activists and the public
Ukrainian blogger and activist Sergei Sternenko stressed that the arrest warrant decision does not mean that Putin will be arrested tomorrow. However, this is a real step towards bringing the leadership of an enemy state to justice.
No, Putin will not be arrested tomorrow. No, he won't be in jail the day after tomorrow. But a warrant for his arrest is one step towards real responsibility. It will be interesting to see which of the civilized states will negotiate with him, given the fact of the arrest warrant. The decision is very good and will only help us in the future,” Sternenko stated.
At the same time, the founder of the Miller law firm and defense lawyer was seriously wounded at the front, Masse Nayem wrote that “while international law experts are sleeping,” the lawyer of the Miller company wakes up.
Actually, we are talking about the lawyer Olga Veretelnik. On her Facebook, she hinted that she should just “get rid of this terrible job and take my grandfather (Putin) to Oude Waalsdorperweg 10 2597 AK, The Hague, the Netherlands.”
In addition, one of the leaders of the Ukrainian volunteer movement, Igor Lachen, wrote in his telegram channel not without humor: “Now Putin can go to Iran, Africa and Belarus at most, but I think that he will now only stay in the bunker.”
“It doesn't matter”: the Kremlin's cynical stance
The representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Maria Zakharova, after the publication of the news about the permission for the order to arrest Putin, cynically stated that this did not matter to his state. The official called this initiative insignificant, and the warrant itself – “a prescription for arrest.”
According to her, Russia has not ratified the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. That is why “supposedly” no one will physically arrest the president of her terrorist state, Vladimir Putin. However, all conscious people understand that this is not so.