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Ursula von der Leyen pledged to set up a new specialised international court to trial Russia’s war crimes against Ukraine. In a video posted on Twitter, the European Commission President delivered a stern warning to Vladimir Putin, vowing to mobilise the international community to punish Russia for crimes during its invasion.
But she was later forced to delete the video after infuriating officials in Kyiv for sharing classified estimates of Ukrainian casualties in the war.
In the original video, Ms von der Leyen said: “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has bought death, devastation and unspeakable suffering. We all remember the horrors of Bucha.
“It is estimated that more than 20,000 civilians and more than 100,000 Ukrainian military officers have been killed so far.
“Russia must pay for its horrific crimes, including for its crime of aggression against a sovereign state.
“And this is why, while continuing to support the International Criminal Court, we are proposing to set up a specialised court, backed by the United Nations, to investigate and prosecute Russia’s crime of aggression.
“We are ready to start working with the international community to get the broadest international support possible for this specialised court.”
Responding to the estimated figures given by the Commission head, a spokesman for Ukraine’s armed forces said: “We cannot confirm this figure, we emphasise that the losses of the Ukrainian army are official information and are subject to restrictions on publication.”
Ukrainian armed forces treat casualties numbers as a defence secret and subjected to wartime censorship.
The Commission chief later published an edited version of the video, with the figures left out, claiming they related to estimates of total casualties, both people killed and injured.
A spokesperson for Ms von der Leyen said: “Many thanks to those who pointed out the inaccuracy regarding the figures in a previous version of this video.
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“The estimation used, from external sources, should have referred to casualties, i.e. both killed and injured, and was meant to show Russia‘s brutality.”
In the video, the EU Commission President also said that the EU will ensure Moscow will foot the bill to compensate Ukraine for the damages caused by the war.
She said: “Russia must also pay financially for the devastation that it caused.
“The damage suffered by Ukraine is estimated at €600 billion.
“Russia and its oligarchs have to compensate Ukraine for the damage and cover the costs for rebuilding the country.
“And we have the means to make Russia pay.
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“We have blocked €300 billion of the Russian Central Bank reserves and we have frozen €19 billion of Russian oligarch’s money.
“In the short term, we could create, with our partners, a structure to manage these funds and invest them.
“We would then use the proceeds for Ukraine. And once the sanctions are lifted, these funds should be used so that Russia pays full compensation for the damages caused to Ukraine.
“We will work on an international agreement with our partners to make this possible. And together we can find legal ways to get to it.
“Russia’s horrific crimes will not go unpunished.”
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