European Union chief Ursula von der Leyen said in an interview on Thursday that she wants Russian President Vladimir Putin to face the International Criminal Court over war crimes in Ukraine.
“That Putin should lose this war and face his actions is important to me,” she told the German news outlet Bild’s TV channel.
There is no doubt that war crimes were committed in Ukraine, said von der Leyen, who also visited Kyiv on Thursday.
“Therefore we support the collection of evidence” with a view to possible proceedings in the International Criminal Court, she said.
“It is the basis of our international legal system, that we punish these crimes. And ultimately, Putin is responsible,” she said.
Asked if Putin would one day be presented in court, he replied, “I believe it is possible.”
During his visit to Ukraine to negotiate closer integration with the European Union, von der Leyen pledged that the war-torn country would receive Europe’s support “for as long as it takes”.
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