The International Criminal court has today issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin over his barbaric invasion of Ukraine.
The ICC accused Putin of being responsible for the war crimes his troops have committed in Ukraine.
In the year since, the world has watched in horror as Putin's soldiers have dropped missiles on apartment buildings, tortured civilians before shooting them dead, and systematically raped women and girls.
Men, women and children - the youngest known victim being a 14-year-old boy - have been executed by Russian soldiers, their bodies thrown into deep troughs dug into the ground.
The scale of the suffering and the indiscriminate targeting of men, women and children has seen at least 7,000 civilians killed and nearly eight million Ukrainians flee to countries across Europe.
In March last year, a month into the war, Russian soldiers unleashed a series of indiscriminate bombs on civilian areas, leaving death and destruction in their wake.
During a three-month siege in the southern city of Mariupol, Russian forces levelled the city and killed hundreds of civilians in missile attacks. The world watched in horror as Russian forces bombed a maternity hospital on March 9, killing a pregnant woman and her baby, and wounding at least 17 people.
A week later, Russian aircraft again dropped missiles on civilian areas - this time on the Donetsk Regional Theatre in Mariupol, which was housing hundreds of civilians and had 'children' written in large white letters outside. At least a dozen people were killed and scores more were injured in the attack.
The attacks on civilians continue. On January 14, a Russian missile strike on an apartment building in the city of Dnipro killed at least 44 people, including five children, and injured 79 people.
Since October, Russian forces have also repeatedly targeted Ukraine's energy infrastructure, plunging cities into darkness and leaving millions without heat during the bitterly cold winter months.
In the early months of the war, Russian forces were forced to retreat from towns and cities across Ukraine - but as they retreated, the war crimes they have committed against civilians has become clear.
Since March, mass graves have been filled with the bodies of thousands of civilians, many with their hands tied behind their backs, along with torture chambers discovered in liberated areas of Ukraine in areas across the Kyiv and Kharkiv regions - including the cities of Bucha, Irpin and Izyum.
Mr Zelensky was visibly emotional and stood motionless as he surveyed the scene of utter devastation he encountered when he visited Bucha in April last year, with dozens of bodies shot at close range lying on the empty streets.
The civilians who survived have detailed how Russian soldiers detained them for months and subjected them to electric shocks, waterboarding and beatings.
Horrific testimonies - including how Russian soldiers gang-raped a 22-year-old Ukrainian mother, sexually abused her husband and made the couple have sex in front of them before raping their four-year-old daughter - have also shown how Putin's men have used rape as a weapon of war.
In many cases, the Russian soldiers would shoot dead the women's husbands - or threaten to do so - as soon as they tried to defend their wives and stop them from being raped.
Russian soldiers have also detained more than 20,000 Ukrainian 'hostages' and sent them to Russia, Ukraine's human rights envoy said in January. (Daily Mail)
N weerawardane Friday, 17 March 2023 09:20 PM
BEFOR WE JUGE PUTIN -THERE ARE MANY MORE TO JUGE -
Lanka Friday, 17 March 2023 09:29 PM
We as a small nation should not involve in this war and we shouldn't support anyone and it must be neutral on this issue ..as our tradition dictates we must stand for peace ..neither we support Russia nor Ukraine. All what we say is please find a peaceful solution to this problem. . Humanity can't take this war any longer...This war has affected all of us as being being and it has affected animals; ecology and environment as well .. our politicians should know how to talk and what to talk on this matter..as India stands neutral on this we must follow it ..our religious faith nor our natural instinct support this bloody war ..we know well what war can bring
MarkD Friday, 17 March 2023 09:33 PM
get Gota too...
European Friday, 17 March 2023 09:34 PM
Don't forget to mention the re-education camps in Russia for kidnapped Ukrainian children. When is Sri Lanka going to wake up? Putin already started this war in 2014 by annexation of sovereign Ukraine. Application to join NATO is a response to that.
VRAJ NAGA Friday, 17 March 2023 09:41 PM
THE SAME THING DID IN SRI LANKA . WHERE IS THE WAR CRIMES
sunil Friday, 17 March 2023 09:42 PM
any arrest warrant for Gaotabaya?
Ramesh Friday, 17 March 2023 09:51 PM
Please issue arrest warrants for those associate with Putin directly or indirectly.
Jude Friday, 17 March 2023 09:53 PM
Next on the list is Gota and MR !!
joshua Friday, 17 March 2023 09:54 PM
Hope the Courts are better than SL
Jude Friday, 17 March 2023 09:57 PM
ICC should issue arrest warrants on Gota and MR, thereafter they could arrest if either of them get board on any commercial airline!!
Jason Friday, 17 March 2023 10:03 PM
AHAHA!! honestly, this is cringe. No serious country recognizes this joke of a court.
Prageeth W Friday, 17 March 2023 10:06 PM
Mock of the century! Millions killed in Iraq
Adwani Friday, 17 March 2023 10:07 PM
What about US invasion in Iraq, Veitnam and Afghanistan????
Karalasingam Sivalingam Friday, 17 March 2023 10:08 PM
Heinous crimes committed by this Barbarian leader of a super power, he could be arrested once he is ousted from power; due to nuclear threats, world is watching without punitive action, only Russian public and military should turn against Putin the incarnation of Hitler
chandana Friday, 17 March 2023 10:15 PM
Where to laugh
Jeevaratne Hulla Saturday, 18 March 2023 10:49 AM
Sri Lankans might have different political affiliations and differences when it comes to domestic politics. But we as a majority and its clergy always stands by our leaders for ending the war, when certain powerful nations wanted to drag it for their geopolitical and domestic political compulsions.
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