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UN court to investigate war crimes in Ukraine

Refugees walk along gridlocked vehicles waiting to cross the border into Moldova near Mayaky-Udobne, Ukraine, on Saturday. Associated Press/Photo by Sergei Grits

UN court to investigate war crimes in Ukraine

Chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court Karim Khan said Monday a preliminary investigation found credible evidence against Russia. He will open a probe into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity in Ukraine “as soon as possible.” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russia has fired 56 rockets and 116 cruise missiles in the last five days at civilians as well as military targets.

What’s the refugee situation like? Trains, buses, and cars deliver Ukrainian citizens and residents to the western borders daily. Humanitarian groups estimate 500,000 have fled the country since the war started, with more than 120,000 on Monday alone. The UN refugee organization reported the majority of refugees are in Poland and Hungary. Known to oppose immigration, Hungary has opened borders for all Ukrainian nationals and those who can prove residency. It has also set up a “humanitarian corridor” to escort non-Ukrainian citizens to airports to get home. The U.S. State Department closed its embassy in Belarus on Monday after rumors surfaced that the country might aid Russia’s military operations. The United States expelled 12 Russian diplomats and also recommended nonessential embassy staff in Russia leave.

Dig deeper: Read Mary Muncy’s report in World Tour about one Christian aid worker’s escape from Kyiv.

Carolina Lumetta

Carolina is a WORLD reporter and a graduate of the World Journalism Institute and Wheaton College. She resides in Washington, D.C.


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