The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim Khan, has sent an official request to Russia to meet with representatives of the competent authorities and discuss the situation in Ukraine.

This is stated in the statement of the prosecutor.

“The work of the Prosecutor’s Office in relation to the situation in Ukraine always will be carried out in accordance with the fundamental principles of the Rome Statute,” he said. – We conduct our work independently, impartially and in good faith. I stressed that I want to interact with all parties to the conflict.”

“In accordance with this approach, I have sent an official request to the Russian Federation to meet with representatives of their competent authorities and discuss the current situation,” Khan stressed. “In my opinion, it is important that the Russian Federation actively participates in this investigation, and I am ready to meet with them.”

Ukraine is not a member of the ICC, but has filed two applications recognizing the jurisdiction of the court in relation to possible crimes committed on the territory of the country since November 21, 2013.

Taking into account the expansion of the conflict, Khan on February 28 announced his intention to include in the investigation process all new possible crimes falling under the jurisdiction of the ICC.

The Kremlin categorically rejected Khan’s words about the allegedly weighty grounds for the case against the Russian Federation in connection with the military operation in Ukraine.

On Wednesday, U.S. President Joe Biden was asked at the White House whether it was possible to call Russian President Vladimir Putin a war criminal.

The U.S. president replied: “Yes, I think he is a war criminal.”

Until recently, the American president avoided using this term in direct questions.

Later, at a regular White House briefing, Biden’s press secretary Jen Psaki explained that the president’s words reflect reality. “He was talking about what we all see on television – about the barbaric actions of a brutal dictator who invaded another country,” Psaki added.

A day earlier, the U.S. Senate unanimously adopted a resolution calling for an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by the Russian government and Putin himself.

The document, which was submitted to the upper house by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, contains a strong condemnation of “violence, war crimes and crimes against humanity”, which are allegedly committed by the Russian armed forces in Ukraine under Putin’s leadership.

The resolution calls on the International Criminal Court to investigate the activities of Putin, members of his Security Council, as well as the command of the Russian armed forces for committing war crimes.

“These atrocities should be investigated for war crimes,” said Chuck Schumer, the leader of the Democratic majority in the Senate, speaking about the actions of the Russian military in Ukraine.

The resolution does not have the force of law, but reflects the general mood of legislators.

Earlier this month, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court launched an investigation into possible war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide in Ukraine.

Prosecutor Karim Khan said he launched an investigation after 39 Member States made such a request.

“A few minutes ago, I notified the ICC Presidium of my decision to immediately begin an active investigation,” Khan said– “Our work on collecting evidence has begun.”

Khan said the investigation will look at offenses committed since November 2013, “thus covering any past and current allegations of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in any part of the territory of Ukraine and by any person.”

The human rights organization Amnesty International called the Russian invasion of Ukraine a “crime of aggression” in accordance with international law.

“Attacks on protected facilities, such as hospitals and schools, the use of indiscriminate weapons, such as ballistic missiles, as well as the use of prohibited weapons, such as cluster bombs, can qualify as war crimes,” human rights activists said.

The U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris also expressed support for calls for an international investigation of alleged Russian war crimes on the territory of Ukraine.

This call was made after reports of the Russian bombing of a maternity hospital in the city of Mariupol.

“Of course there has to be an investigation, and we all have to keep an eye on what is happening,” Harris said during a visit to Warsaw.

“It is absolutely obvious to us that the Russians are committing war crimes in Ukraine,” she added.

Neither Russia, Ukraine, nor the United States are members of the ICC.