Russia's actions and statements prove that it is committing the crime of genocide in Ukraine.
This was stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba, speaking at the conference "International Law against Genocide," which is held in Berlin by the Center for Liberal Modernity (LibMod).
Kuleba recalled that Ukraine has already filed a lawsuit against Russia in the International Criminal Court in The Hague to prevent genocide, but noted that evidence of this Russian crime is still being gathered.
"We are concentrating our efforts on gathering evidence of Ukraine's genocide," he added.
The minister recalled that the Genocide Convention establishes a clear definition of what genocide is, so Ukraine needs to prove that the perpetrator state, that is, Russia, intended to destroy Ukrainians as an ethnic group in whole or in part. "Why do one people want to destroy another? Because we are different. And our existence irritates them," Kuleba said.
He also noted that the abduction of many thousands of Ukrainian children from Russian-occupied territory is evidence of genocide.
"Even inducing genocide is a crime, as is kidnapping and deporting children so that they grow up as Russians. And that is exactly what Russia is doing in Ukraine... When Ukrainian children are adopted in Russia, it's to make them forget their identity so that they grow up as Russian children. No one is hiding it. This is a systemic phenomenon, which is carried out by an entire state," explained the head of the Foreign Ministry.-
"Killing people just because they are Ukrainians and encouraging them to do so is what the Russian media, the Russian government, and Putin personally are doing... Putin believes that Ukraine has no right to exist. He stated that Ukrainians are not a nation, and the Kremlin media repeats this, calling for a "final solution to this issue," said Dmitry Kuleba.
Author - Olena Madiak, 21/10/2022