Law pro­fes­sor Luchter­handt in Tagesspiegel: “Russia commits geno­cide in Mariupol”

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Based on six cri­te­ria of the United Nations Con­ven­tion against Geno­cide, Russia is com­mit­ting geno­cide in Mar­i­upol, says Inter­na­tional law expert Otto Luchterhandt.

The clas­si­fi­ca­tion under inter­na­tional law of the Russian siege and bombing war against the Ukrain­ian port city of Mar­i­upol is clearly illu­mi­nated by Prof. Dr. Luchter­handt, a rec­og­nized author­ity on the subject. He con­cludes that this action falls under the United Nations Con­ven­tion against Geno­cide. The sit­u­a­tion in Kharkiv is sim­i­larly dra­matic, with Odesa also threat­ened with encir­clement by Russian troops. A nego­ti­ated peace will only come about if the West increases the pres­sure on the Kremlin.