The PACE adopted a resolution on January 26, stating that Russia may have genocidal intent to destroy the Ukrainian national group as such, or at least a part of it.

It is about the resolution "Legal aspects and aspect of human rights in the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine", reports "Ukrinform".

"There is increasing evidence that Russian official rhetoric used to justify a full-scale invasion and aggression against Ukraine, the so-called process of 'de-Ukrainization', bears signs of public

incitement to genocide or reveals a genocidal intent to

destroy the Ukrainian national group as such or at least part of it," says the text of the PACE resolution. 

They also recalled that the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide prohibits direct and public incitement to commit genocide and attempts to commit it.

In addition, the PACE resolution notes that some actions of Russian forces against Ukrainian civilians may fall under Article II of the Convention, such as

killings and forcible transfer of children

from one group to another.

The goal is the Russification of children 

through adoption by Russian families or their transfer to Russian orphanages or camps.   

The document mentions "possible genocide" in Ukraine three times.

Thus, the text refers to

Russia's aggressive war and "atrocities arising from it

(war crimes, crimes against humanity and possible genocide)".  

The PACE reminded that all member states of the Convention on Genocide are "obliged to punish genocide".

Note that

both Ukraine and Russia are parties to this Convention. 

We will remind you that in December, the European Parliament adopted a resolution recognizing the Holodomor, which was inflicted by the Soviet regime on Ukraine in 1932-1933, as genocide.

It should be noted that on January 26, the PACE also adopted a decision approving its demands for the creation of a special tribunal for the crime of aggression.

The organization stressed that the political and military leaders of Russia and Belarus involved in the crimes should be identified and brought to justice.

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