AN expert has warned the Russian leader faces a global arrest warrant over the bloody massacre of civilians Bucha last weekend.
It emerged this week how Putin’s “butchers of Bucha” plotted the brutal massacre of innocent civilians.
But despite the repeated denial of war crimes and genocide from those on Putin’s team, it was revealed his henchmen on the ground intently planned the murder of innocents.
Dr Catherine Gegout, associate professor at the University of Nottingham said: “The problem with this [proving genocide] is that it is really hard to prove there is this intention to destroy – in whole or in part – a group.
“When this criteria has been applied to other leaders in the past, it has been really hard to prove they had intent. It is not enough to see the dead bodies – you have to prove this intent.”
She added: “In the case of Vladimir Putin, this would be possible because of what he has said about Ukrainians in the past. In his speeches, he says that he doesn’t recognise Ukraine as a nation, and he has repeated this in 2014 and maybe 2018. It’s historic.
“When he published his historic paper in July 2021, he basically said that Ukraine should not exist. So, I think there is a possibility of showing this intent.”
It comes after at least 52 people were confirmed dead last night as the Kramatorsk train station attack death toll rose.
The Ukrainian governor of Donetsk, Pavlo Kyrylenko, said the death toll at Kramatorsk train station has risen to 52 – including five children.
About 4,000 people, most of them elderly, women and children, were at the railway station when it was struck, Mayor Oleksander Honcharenko said.
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