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Ukraine war

Russia accused of war crimes for attacking civilians, nuclear plants

International courts open probes, but face uphill battle to prosecute

TOKYO -- Russia faces mounting criticism for flouting international law in its invasion of Ukraine, from attacks on nuclear power plants and hospitals to the use of indiscriminate weapons.

The International Criminal Court has opened investigations into alleged war crimes and human rights violations in Ukraine. Still, with Russia holding veto power in the United Nations Security Council, coming up with a punishment with real consequences for Moscow remains a challenge for the international community.

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