International Justice

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Ukrainian Crisis Escalates

According to recent developments on the Ukrainian crisis, Rebel Russian groups are beginning to encircle Ukraine troops in the strategic railway junction of Debaltseve. This offensive push from the rebel groups is a further warning sign that the September ceasefire is breaking down, and that the ceasefire merely acted as a tool for both sides to rearm. At this point the violence has taken its toll on the population of Ukraine with 5,358 people killed, 12,235 wounded, and 921,640 people internally displaced. With Russia violating virtually “every commitment of the peace deal” in the words of President Obama, the next question is what should the international community do next? This conflict raises issues of transitional justice and whether or not the international community steps in after the wreckage and the dust settle, or before the violence ends. This is when we ask what exactly is transitional justice, and when it comes into play. The Ukraine crisis could be an interesting example of “proactive” transitional justice—if major international powers choose to intercede earlier rather than later in delivering justice.


One response to “Ukrainian Crisis Escalates

  1. ckeefe2016 February 14, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Two days ago on February 12, there was a breakthrough in the peace talks aimed at ending the violent crisis in Ukraine. According to reports, leaders from Germany, Russia, Ukraine, and France agreed upon a ceasefire deal that begins Sunday, February 15. Certain details of the ceasefire, aside from an end to the violence, include a withdrawal of heavy weapons, local elections in separatist controlled areas, and a hostage release/exchange. While there is hope that this new compromise will lead to a permanent halt of this conflict, several European leaders retain a skeptical view concerning the issue after the failure of the last ceasefire, which resulted in a continuation of fighting. In terms of justice, regarding Putin and Russia’s violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty, it would be very interesting to see the international community open an investigation while the conflict is still presently occurring. That being said, I think it would be a troubling process to actively impose justice upon any perpetrators, as it is unlikely that the Russian government would willingly surrender them to international law for trial.

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