Ukraine Wants ‘War Crimes Tribunal’ As Condition For Russia ‘Peace’ Summit

Ukraine wants a "peace" summit to end the war with Russia but won't talk directly to its adversary until Russia has faced a "war crimes tribunal" before an international court, foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba says.
KYIV, UKRAINE - SEPTEMBER 09: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is seen during his joint press conference with Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki and Latvian President Egils Levits on September 9, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. As war wages in eastern Ukraine, Belarus' military drills near the border with Poland, EU nations are increasingly concerned over safety at their borders as well as the energy sources this winter. (Photo by Alexey Furman/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The summit would ideally take place by the end of February at the United Nations “because this is not about making a favor to a certain country” but “bringing everyone on board,” Kuleba told the Associated Press.
  • A Kremlin spokesperson responded that Russia has “never followed conditions set by others,” seeming to balk at the matter being put before world leaders instead of a one-on-one summit with Ukraine.
  • The two countries have blames each other for resisting talks to end the war.

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