Karlsruhe (dpa) – The Federal Public Prosecutor General is now systematically collecting information relating to possible Russian war crimes in Ukraine. This is in response to reports of attacks on residential buildings, hospitals and civilian infrastructure as well as the use of cluster bombs, the German Press Agency learned. A so-called structural investigation has therefore been initiated, as Federal Justice Minister Marco Buschmann (FDP) told the “Passauer Neue Presse”.
The Office of the Federal Public Prosecutor is also conducting structural investigations into the Syrian civil war and the crimes committed by the terrorist organisation Islamic State (IS), for example. The aim is to initially secure as much evidence as possible without concrete suspects. Refugees are an important source of evidence, many thousands of whom are now arriving from Ukraine. Ideally, this information will later be used to initiate criminal investigations against individuals and bring those responsible to justice. Information can also be contributed at the international level. The idea behind this is the so-called universal jurisdiction principle, according to which war criminals should not find safe haven anywhere in the world.