Conflicts & War

RSF sues Russia before ICC for war crimes in Ukraine

Paris, Mar 5 (EFE).- Reporters Without Borders on Saturday said it filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court over alleged Russian war crimes in Ukraine after attacks destroyed broadcast antennas of radio and television stations.

Only the broadcasting antenna used by the army, even on a temporary basis, can be considered a military target, according to the complaint the NGO filed on Friday.

The Russian wide-scale attacks targeted civilian television towers as Moscow accused the Ukrainian media of participating in an information strategy, RSF added.

“Deliberately bombing numerous media infrastructures such as television antennas constitutes a war crime and demonstrates the scale of the offensive launched by Putin against the right to information,” Christophe Deloire, the RSF Secretary-General, said.

Earlier this month, 32 Ukrainian television channels and several dozen radio stations were deprived of broadcasting as Russian troops destroyed a Kyiv broadcasting tower.

Since the tower, which was exclusively for civilian use, was attacked on March 1, Russia has downed at least three television towers, the organization said. EFE


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