The Pentagon has announced that it will not cooperate with the International Criminal Court’s investigation into alleged war crimes committed by Russian military personnel in Ukraine. In a statement released on Tuesday, the Department of Defense said that it “strongly opposes” the ICC’s investigation and will not provide any assistance to the court.
The ICC launched an investigation into alleged war crimes in Ukraine in 2022, focusing on the actions of both Russian and Ukrainian military personnel. Russia has denied any wrongdoing and has refused to cooperate with the investigation.
The Pentagon’s decision not to cooperate with the ICC is not surprising, given the strained relations between the United States and Russia. The two countries have been at odds over a range of issues, including Ukraine, Syria, and alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.
The US has a long history of opposing the ICC, which it sees as a threat to its sovereignty. The country has refused to ratify the Rome Statute, which established the court, and has signed bilateral agreements with other countries to prevent the extradition of US citizens to the ICC.
The ICC has faced criticism in recent years for its handling of cases and its perceived bias against African countries. Some experts have also questioned the court’s ability to effectively prosecute high-level officials, given its limited resources and lack of enforcement powers.
Despite these criticisms, the ICC remains an important institution for holding individuals accountable for war crimes and other atrocities. Its investigation into alleged war crimes in Ukraine is an important step towards justice for the victims of the conflict, and the Pentagon’s refusal to cooperate is a blow to those efforts.