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There have been calls to charge and prosecute Russian President Vladimir Putin for war crimes in Ukraine. Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Putin could be charged with the crime of aggression for the Ukraine war – but it’s an expensive process with high stakes

Countries would likely need to set up new courts to prosecute Vladimir Putin for illegally invading Ukraine – but this isn’t a sure bet he would ever be held accountable for his crimes.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is introduced to the US Congress by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on March 16, 2022 in Washington, DC. J. Scott Applewhite-Pool/Getty Images

Ukraine’s information war is winning hearts and minds in the West

The reasons for the prominence of the Ukraine war in the West are many – and include the Ukrainian government’s strategic efforts to tailor presentations of the conflict for Western sensibilities.
Russia’s ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, raises his hand to veto a resolution condemning his country’s invasion of Ukraine, February 25 2022. EPA-EFE/Justin Lane

Ukraine: UN takes a step towards addressing ‘veto problem’ which stopped it condemning Russia

UN peacekeeping and security efforts have always been plagued by the Security Council veto. But moves are afoot to solve this problem.
International Committee of the Red Cross workers prepare bags with bodies of government soldiers to be handed over in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, in 2015. AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov

Humanitarian aid workers need security, rights and better pay

Nearly all of the 129 aid workers killed on the job in 2021 were from the countries where they lost their lives.
Vladimir Putin celebrated Russia’s annexation of Crimea on March 18, 2022, the eighth anniversary of the move. Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images

Calling Putin a ‘war criminal’ could spark even more atrocities in Ukraine

None of the available methods for holding Russian President Vladimir Putin accountable are likely to actually punish him, and they may even make new atrocities more likely.
Evacuees from Ukraine stand under a destroyed bridge as they flee the city of Irpin on March 7, 2022. Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP via Getty Images

Humanitarian corridors could help civilians safely leave Ukraine – but Russia has a history of not respecting these pathways

Tens of thousands of Ukrainians are using humanitarian corridors to leave the country. But these routes are often announced for political reasons and do not always offer safety

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