Intervention in the plenary session in the debate on the fight against impunity for war crimes in Ukraine

Mr President, Mr Commissioner, my dear colleagues, the outburst of barbarity we are witnessing today in Ukraine is unfortunately nothing new in the 21st century. Let us remember what happened in Aleppo. Let us remember what happened in the whole of Syria ruled by an ally of Mr Putin. It was the same thing, it was the same thing.

And that is why today, when we lay the foundations – because that is what we are doing – for a new international justice against war crimes, we are not only expressing our solidarity with Ukraine and our indignation. We are also remembering Aleppo and trying to prevent other crimes tomorrow in other countries, on other continents. We are laying the foundations, Commissioner, for further action by the European Union against war crimes.

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