The Ukrainian authorities have announced that they have submitted data on the explosion of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant by russian troops to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
In particular, Maksym Popov, an adviser to the Ukrainian Prosecutor General, said on television that Kyiv had already asked the ICC to investigate the destruction of the hydroelectric power plant.
"We have passed on the information we have on the explosion of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant and gave the green light to the ICC office so that they can conduct an objective and impartial investigation on their part," Popov said.
According to the advisor to the Prosecutor General, such a request is due to the fact that the Ukrainian authorities "partially do not have access to the affected territories."
"And the International Criminal Court has the authority to investigate this case," Popov said.
He added that an objective investigation by the ICC is useful in a situation where there are many manipulations about who blew up the dam.
On Tuesday, Ukraine's Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov also said that those responsible for the Kakhovka HPP disaster would be brought before the International Criminal Court.
Ukraine said that the dam of the Kakhovka HPP was blown up by the russian military, which had previously mined it and is under its control. russia accused the Ukrainian authorities, but did not provide any evidence. Some experts, meanwhile, have suggested that the dam's destruction could have been the result of military operations that caused a breach in the dam.
The International Criminal Court is already investigating war crimes committed by the russian military in Ukraine. As part of this investigation, the court has issued an arrest warrant for russian dictator putin and russian Children's Commissioner Maria Lvova-Belova, who are accused of involvement in the deportation of Ukrainian children.