The killing of Ukrainian civilians is most likely a war crime, Cowney said

The killing of Ukrainian civilians by Russian forces is most likely a war crime, said Irish Foreign Minister Simon Cowney.

Mr. Cowney was speaking during a visit to Ki on Thursday.

He visited areas of the Ukrainian capital that were directly affected by the Russian invasion, met with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba and Defense Minister Alexei Reznikov.

Mr Cowney said the visit took about ten days to arrange.

Speaking at a news conference with Mr Culeba, Mr Cowney said it was a privilege to be with him, adding that he had sent a strong message of solidarity from the Government and the people of Ireland.

Mr Cowney also said that Ireland was pushing for a “maximalist” package of sanctions against Russia.

He said at the press conference that he wants to put an end to the “madness” of the war.

“I also offer my condolences. We do not yet know how many people lost their lives as a result of this Russian aggression, but we know that it is a lot, cruelty and violence, not only against the soldiers, but also the Ukrainian civilians, is something that will probably be decided as a war. . crimes in the future.

“At the moment I also realize that Ukraine does not want sympathy, it needs action – strong practical support to defend itself, although Ireland is militarily neutral, let me be clear that we are not neutral about the future of this war, this conflict. : your country.

“Ireland has invested € 20 million (,5 16.5 million) in Ukraine, provided € 33 million (,3 27.3 million) in military aid, and we strongly advocate a maximalist approach to sanctions against Russia. a deterrent in this war և we believe. We must go beyond what has been agreed and include the oil embargo in the sixth package of sanctions.

“We know that Ukrainians are dreaming of a different kind of future based on democracy, stability and economic opportunities. We believe that this can be achieved through full EU membership. Ireland will advocate for that to happen as soon as possible. :

“We believe that the most powerful countries in the world are accountable to international law. Atrocities against Ukrainian citizens must be part of the process to ensure full responsibility.”

He is the first member of the UN Security Council to visit China since the start of the war.

His visit came at a time when Mr Cowney had announced three million euros (միլիոն 2.5 million) in funding for the International Criminal Court and one million euros would be immediately disbursed to the prosecutor’s office.

Mr Cowley’s colleague, Mr Kuleba, praised his courage in visiting Ukraine.

He said Ireland was one of the first countries to provide assistance to people fleeing the war.

Speaking through an interpreter, Mr Kuleba said he was grateful for Ireland’s € 20 million in humanitarian assistance, as well as ambulances and medicine.

Mr Covni visited the devastated town of Bucha, where suspicions of the killing of civilians were revealed.

He was toured by Ukrainian special forces և the Garda emergency response unit, laid flowers at the Ki’s memorial.

Mr Cowney said there had been “mass killings” of civilians in Ukrainian cities.

He said Bucha was “completely devastated” and that “its population was devastated” in recent weeks.

“It’s a bit like Sutton Dublin, or Karrigalin’s Cork, a big city on the outskirts of a big city that is completely ruined.

“If anyone tells me that this is not a crime or a crime against humanity, then I must be convinced.

“Of course, we guarantee that there will be an international legal infrastructure that can fully investigate all these crimes.”

A statement from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) stated: “His discussions with the Government of Ukraine will focus on how Ireland can continue to provide political, security, humanitarian assistance to Ukraine, assist Ukraine in obtaining EU candidate status, and move forward. “Further EU sanctions on Russia to hold Russia accountable for its brutal, unjustified invasion.”

Ireland has provided € 20 million in humanitarian aid to Ukrainian refugees in neighboring countries, and € 33 million in non-lethal assistance to the Ukrainian military through the European Peace Facility.

“Ireland is at the forefront of enforcing a strong EU sanctions regime and supporting international mechanisms to hold Russia accountable for gross violations of international humanitarian law, including sending the situation in Ukraine to the International Criminal Court. »:

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