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The Hague Opens New Ukraine War Crimes Panel

FILE: Zambia's President Hakainde Hichilema, Senegal's President Macky Sall, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Egypt's Prime Minister Mustafa Madbuly visit a site of a mass grave, in the town of Bucha, Ukraine, outside of Kyiv, Ukraine on June 16, 2023.

THE HAGUE — Ukraine said on Monday that the opening of a new international prosecution office in The Hague will hold Moscow's leadership accountable for the war crime of aggression.

The International Center for the Prosecution of the Crime of Aggression Against Ukraine (ICPA) features prosecutors from Kyiv, the European Union, the United States and the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Prosecutor General of Ukraine Andriy Kostin said the opening of the center was a "clear signal that the world is united and unwavering on the path to holding the Russian regime accountable for all its crimes."

Kostin added in a statement that the office would fill a "gaping hole in accountability for the crime of aggression," a core war crime of launching a war that the ICC's rules do not allow it to prosecute.

EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders said Monday's launch showed Kyiv's allies would "stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes."

"We cannot tolerate the gross violation of the prohibition of the use of force," he told a press conference at the headquarters of the EU judicial office Eurojust, where the ICPA is based.