Published On: Thu, Nov 16th, 2023
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Vladimir Putin’s £1bn secret weapon for Ukraine revealed | World | News

The UN has no shortage of evidence to arrest Vladimir Putin for war crimes but a new report shows the lengths to which the Russian president is willing to go to decimate Ukraine.

Farmers in occupied Zaporizhzhia reported that the Russian military confiscated their crops just five days into the invasion on February 24, 2022.

A bombshell new report published today shows that the Kremlin has pillaged more than £1billion worth of grain to fund its war machine – and spark global food insecurity.

Evidence gathered by the international human rights law firm Global Rights Compliance found Russia deliberately targeted grain-rich areas and food production infrastructure after its tanks rolled across the border.

GRC found that Russia’s defence contractor began purchasing trucks to transport grain, as well as three new 170-metre bulk carrier cargo ships, as early as December 2021, evidence of advance planning for the pillage of Ukrainian food resources “on an unprecedented scale”.

Russia began seizing Ukrainian farms within less than a week of its invasion, and at its peak was exporting 12,000 tonnes of grain per day from across occupied territories.

The evidence of a “highly coordinated level of pre-planning” will be provided to the International Criminal Court and GRC hopes it will lead to a first international prosecution against Putin for the war crime of starvation as a method of warfare.

It comes after the ICC issued an arrest warrant for the Russian president for war crimes in March, accusing him of personal responsibility for the abductions of children from Ukraine.

It was the first time the global court had issued a warrant against a leader of one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.

The ICC said in a statement that Putin “is allegedly responsible for the war crime of unlawful deportation of (children) and that of unlawful transfer of (children) from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation”.

Ukraine’s human rights chief, Dmytro Lubinets, said at the time that the warrant was based on data from the country’s National Information Bureau, which found 16,226 children had been deported.

More evidence has been gathered since then. An independent UN-backed human rights experts said in September they have turned up continued evidence of war crimes committed by Russian forces in their war against Ukraine, including torture — some of it with such “brutality” that it led to death — and rape of women aged up to 83 years old.

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