Over 40 countries will investigate crimes in Ukraine, 20,000 investigations started

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Over 40 countries will investigate crimes in Ukraine, 20,000 investigations started

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said at an international conference that Russian missiles hit two community centers in western Ukraine. 20 people were killed, including three children, and many more were wounded. Russia has repeatedly denied involvement in war crimes and deliberate targeting of civilians since the February 24 invasion of Ukraine.

It claims to have launched a "special military operation" to protect Russian speakers and liberate them from dangerous nationalists, while Ukraine accuses Moscow of waging an unprovoked war of conquest.

Zelenskiy: The attack on Vinica is an act of Russian terror

"This morning, Russian missiles hit our city of Vinnytsia, a peaceful city.

Cruise missiles hit two public buildings, houses were destroyed, a medical center was destroyed, cars and trams were (burned)," Zelenskiy said via video link. "It is an act of Russian terror," he added. The Russian Defense Ministry did not immediately comment on the reports from Vinica.

Today, at a conference in The Hague, the seat of the International Criminal Court (ICC), 45 countries signed a political declaration that they will work together to investigate war crimes in Ukraine.

The Dutch head of diplomacy: the West should consider establishing a special court for war crimes in Ukraine

They pledged 20 million euros to help the ICC, the office of the chief prosecutor in Ukraine and to support the efforts of the United Nations.

With 20,000 war crimes investigations open and different countries leading the teams, evidence must be credible and organized, officials said. Western countries should consider establishing a special court to try war crimes committed in Ukraine to prevent them from going unpunished, Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra told a gathering on Thursday.

"As I understand it, we have to fill an empty space. The International Criminal Court has no jurisdiction," Hoekstra said. He warned that impunity is a huge problem.

Venediktova: Ukraine has started the prosecution of 127 war crimes suspects

Ukraine's chief prosecutor Irina Venediktova said that Ukraine has already started prosecuting 127 war crimes suspects.

ICC Chief Prosecutor Karim Khan said there were reasons for hope as more than 40 states sought action by the court. The ICC has sent the largest field team in its 20-year history to investigate Ukraine. European Union Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders pointed out that war crimes and genocide suspects are still at large because of conflicts dating back decades in areas such as Rwanda, Darfur, Syria, Congo and the Balkans.