International Criminal Court members issue arrest warrant for Putin over war crime
The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin and an official in his office responsible for children's rights
The arrest warrant is due to their alleged involvement in the unlawful deportation and transfer of Ukrainian children from occupied areas of Ukraine to Russia.
The ICC alleges Putin and Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova are responsible for war crimes.
2. Ukraine has already arrested and convicted some Russian soldiers for war crimes in Ukraine.
The ICC's arrest warrant for Putin and Lvova-Belova marks the international court's first arrest warrant since Russia invaded Ukraine.
Moscow has repeatedly denied allegations of war crimes in Ukraine.
Putin's war in Ukraine is driving sex trafficking of women and children.
The ICC did not provide details about the number of cases or children the allegations refer to.
The ICC cited the need to protect victims and witnesses and to "safeguard" the ongoing investigation.
The ICC believes making the arrest warrants public could prevent the "further commission of crimes."
The charges are significant for both the war in Ukraine and for the global geopolitical stage.
There's no statute of limitations on the war crimes which Putin is charged with.