Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky, in a speech at the UN Security Council meeting on Thursday, called for the creation of a special international tribunal to try Russian aggression in Ukraine. This was the first appearance of a representative of the Czech Republic on the UN Security Council in nearly 30 years.




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Referring to the Warsaw Pact forces’ invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, he emphasized the need to definitively reject Russia’s imperialist aspirations and colonial policy.

Lebavsky, at the beginning of his speech at the meeting of the UN Security Council on the topic “Maintaining peace and security in Ukraine”, described Russian aggression in Ukraine as “colonial, unjustified and illegal” and noted that the Czech Republic got the largest number. Of refugees from Ukraine per capita, ie more than 400,000.

“Russian aggression may have been the most serious threat to world peace in the past decade. On Thursday it is about Ukraine, and tomorrow it may be about another country,” said Lipavsky.

“In August 1968, forces led by Moscow invaded Czechoslovakia. “The suppression of the so-called Prague Spring and violent interference in the peaceful life of another state turned my country into an occupied colony.”


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Libavsky said that Ukraine has rejected enslavement and is courageously fighting for a multilateral world where rules protect peace. “We are horrified by the atrocities committed by Russian forces in Mariupol, Bucha, Arbini, Izgum and other places. We are also deeply concerned about reports of Russia’s ‘liquidation camps’ in Ukraine,” he added.

He added, “Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian civilians were transferred to Russia, including children. He stressed that there are testimonies of sexual exploitation and gender-based abuse as tools of war.”

The minister indicated that these crimes need to be investigated and punished. “More than 40 countries, including the Czech Republic, have reported the situation in Ukraine to the International Criminal Court, which launched an investigation into the events in Ukraine in March,” he said. The Czech head of diplomacy also called for the establishment of a special international court to investigate the crime of aggression committed by Russia in Ukraine.

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