Putin accused of being ‘the biggest war criminal of 21st century’_freckle removal ipl

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  • Vladimir PutinVladimir PutinPresident of Russia
  • Iryna VenediktovaUkrainian politician and Prosecutor General of Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a meeting of the Council of Legislators at the Federal Assembly in Saint Petersburg, Russia April 27, 2022. Sputnik/Alexei Danichev/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Vladimir Putin has been described as ‘the biggest war criminal of the 21st century’. (Reuters)

Vladimir Putin has been described as "the biggest war criminal of the 21st century" amid allegations Russia used rape as a tactic of war during its invasion of Ukraine.

Russia has been accused of widespread atrocities since attacking its neighbour in February, with Ukraine saying it was investigating around 7,600 potential war crimes and at least 500 suspects.

On Tuesday, the country’s prosecutor general Iryna Venediktova said Putin bore responsibility for what happened as commander-in-chief.

"Putin is the biggest war criminal of the 21st century," she said, recalling Russian military interventions in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, Russia's Chechnya region, Syria and in Ukraine in 2014.

"If we speak about (the) crime of aggression, we all know who started this war, and this person is Vladimir Putin," she added.

Watch: Ukraine’s Prosecutor General: ‘Putin is main war criminal of the 21st century’

Venediktova and her team have in recent weeks been evaluating sites where atrocities have allegedly taken place, including where Russian troops have recently withdrawn.

On 12 April, Venediktova visited Bucha, near Kyiv, where French forensic experts had arrived to help Ukraine authorities establish what happened in the town where hundreds of bodies were discovered.

Bucha’s mayor said dozens were the victims of extra-judicial killings carried out by Russian troops.

Human rights group Amnesty International published testimony detailing accounts of Russian forces executing Ukrainian civilians and repeatedly engaging in "unlawful violence".

Lyudmyla Denisova, the Ukrainian parliament's human rights commissioner, added 25 women and girls, aged from 14 to 24, had called a helpline reporting they had been raped in Bucha.

Read more: What is a war crime? Russia investigated over actions in Ukraine

International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Karim Khan and Ukraine's Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova visit a site of a mass grave in the town of Bucha, outside Kyiv, Ukraine April 13, 2022. REUTERS/Volodymyr Petrov
International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Karim Khan and Ukraine's prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova visit a site of a mass grave in the town of Bucha. (Reuters)

While visiting the devastated city of Irpin near Kyiv, Venediktova said allegations there included the rape of women, men, children and an old woman.

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