“Russia must pay for its heinous crimes”: the EU will create a specialized court

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According to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the Russian Federation and its oligarchs must compensate Ukraine for the damage. The European Union has blocked 300 billion euros of the Central Bank and 19 billion euros on the accounts of businessmen.

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The European Union intends to create a specialized court to investigate and bring to justice those responsible for the crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine. This was announced on Wednesday, November 30, by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, CNN reports.

“Russia must pay for its heinous crimes, including the crime of aggression against a sovereign state. Therefore, we propose to create a specialized court with the support of the UN to investigate the crime of aggression of the Russian Federation and prosecute those responsible,” von der Leyen said.

According to her, the international community will be involved in this work, because. maximum support is needed for this specialized court, the President of the European Commission explained.

Russia and its oligarchs must pay

The EU is also going to recover financial compensation from the Russian Federation for numerous destructions. According to Von der Leyen, the EU has mechanisms to make Russia pay.

The damage done to Ukraine is estimated at 600 billion euros.

“Russia and its oligarchs must compensate damage to Ukraine and cover the costs associated with the restoration of the country,” the head of the European Commission explained.

The European Union blocked 300 billion euros from the reserves of the Russian Central Bank, as well as 19 billion euros belonging to Russian oligarchs.

In the near future, the EU, together with partners, can create a structure for managing these funds and subsequent investments. Then the proceeds from investments can be spent on Ukraine. And when the sanctions against Russia are lifted, the country's leadership will have to pay full compensation for the damage caused to Ukraine from these funds.

“We will work on an international agreement with our partners to make this possible. And together we will find legal ways achieve this,” she said.

Russian monstrous crimes will not go unpunished, the EU representative explained.