As the conflict in Ukraine approaches its second month, the civilian toll from Russia’s bombardment of the country’s cities has led to accusations of Russian war crimes. Organizations like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have reported indiscriminate attacks on civilians, the World Health Organization said it has verified more than 40 attacks on health care facilities, and horrific images of death and destruction circulate hourly throughout Western news outlets and on social media. More than three dozen countries have requested that the International Criminal Court (ICC) open an investigation into war crimes, which ICC prosecutor Karim Khan did on February 28. What are the actual crimes that the ICC might decide warrant prosecuting? Here’s a look at the language defining some of the war crimes that might have been caught on camera in this heavily documented war.
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