What are considered war crimes, really?
Everything you need to know about the accusations laid against Russia
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As the Russian invasion of Ukraine carries on, the term "war crime" is being increasingly used, first by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, then journalists and even other political figures from nations around the world.
It seems like a strange concept, but there are indeed rules even in war. There are international treaties, tribunals, courts, and bodies of judicial legislation that are even currently opening investigations into potential war crimes committed by Russia, which seems the be the favored non-violent form of aid countries outside the Ukraine conflict are trying to offer, in addition to condemning Russia's actions.
But the concept of internationally recognized war crimes is still a fairly new one, with significant developments within the last century that have formed the basis for how we define and categorize the offense today. So, instead of wondering how the horrific images and reports of civilian deaths can continue appearing in the headlines every day, click through to learn about what actions violate international laws, and how those norms governing conflict even came to be.
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