Ministers accuse Putin of ‘criminal’ attacks on 31 hospitals in Ukraine and warn NATO will go to war if ‘a Russian cap’ steps into his territory – as head of justice secretary for The Hague
Ministers today accused Vladimir Putin of “criminal” attacks on 31 hospitals in Ukraine and warned that NATO would go to war if “a Russian cap” stepped into its territory.
Sajid Javid said the attacks against health facilities are a ‘war crime’, stressing that Justice Secretary Dominic Raab will be in The Hague later and offer to help make up the cases.
He sent a strong message to Moscow in the wake of a missile attack on a Ukrainian military training camp just a few miles from the Polish border.
The health secretary told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘We have made this very clear to the Russians even before this conflict has started.
‘Even if a single Russian steps into NATO territory, it will be considered an act of war.’
Sajid Javid delivered a strong message to Moscow in the wake of a missile attack on a Ukrainian military training camp just a few miles from the Polish border (pictured)
Mariana Vishegirskaya stands outside a maternity hospital that was damaged by shelling in Mariupol last week. She survived and later gave birth to a girl
Sajid Javid (right) said the strikes against health facilities are a ‘war crime’, stressing that Justice Secretary Dominic Raab (left) would later offer to help build cases in The Hague.
Mr Raab, a former war crimes prosecutor, had earlier said Britain had obtained intelligence from previous investigations that would prove “extremely important” to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The ICC has already launched an investigation that could target senior officials held responsible for war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
Mr Javid said the deputy prime minister would ‘offer Britain’s help to help collect evidence’ of possible war crimes committed in Ukraine.
In a round of interviews, Mr Javid denounced Russia in the wake of a strike at a maternity hospital last week.
Reported that a mother and child pictured in the rubble later died, Mr Javid said: ‘The most recent information I have from the World Health Organization is that they now have evidence of at least 31 such attacks on health facilities, hospitals. Including shelling. ,
‘A few days back also of a cancer hospital. So these are war crimes.
Putin’s invasion of Ukraine – which he estimated would last only a few days with limited casualties – is now nearing its third week with heavy losses on both sides, as Moscow gives the first indication that it will end the fighting by saying may be ready to. ‘Much progress’ made in peace talks
The International Center for Peacekeeping and Security, located just a few miles from Ukraine’s border with Poland, was affected over the weekend.
It serves as an important center for cooperation between Ukraine and NATO countries, which it supports in its defense against Moscow’s peace attack.
More than 30 Russian cruise missiles targeted the vast facility, which has long been used to train Ukrainian military personnel, often with trainers from the US and other countries in the Western Alliance.
Western volunteers are believed to have been killed in the attack, with analysts seeing it as a move to deter any foreigners from fighting to defend Ukraine.
An attack so close to the border was heavy with symbolism in a conflict that revived the old Cold War rivalry that gave rise to NATO.
White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan warned the US that ‘NATO will work with its allies to protect every inch of territory, and that means every inch’.
Mr. Zelensky again called on NATO to enforce a no-fly zone, something the coalition has so far vehemently refused to do, warning that otherwise “it is only a matter of time before Russian missiles will reach your destination”. fall in the area’.