The German government believes that official Kyiv should insist in international courts on the commission of genocide by Russia during its aggression in Ukraine.
This was stated by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Germany, Member of the Bundestag Tobias Lindner at the conference "International Law Against Genocide", which is held in Berlin by the Center for Liberal Modernity (LibMod).
"The crimes that are being committed now should be qualified as genocide, and with such qualification they should be brought to court. And only then the court should decide whether they are crimes against humanity or genocide," he said.
"The President of Russia has repeatedly denied the existence of Ukraine and Ukrainians," the politician recalled, explaining that it was about genocide.
As an example of a genocidal episode of the war, he cited the carpet bombing and other destruction of civilians in Mariupol. "We know that a huge number of people were killed in Mariupol, and those who remained have no electricity, no food, no water. How can we assess this crime?" - he explained.
Lindner also considers the mass deportation of Ukrainian children to Russia an episode of genocide. "We are talking about the abduction of Ukrainian children when they were placed in families with Russian parents for so-called adoption," the state minister explained.
Tobias Lindner emphasized that Germany "knows very well what genocide is" because it has a similar sad page in its history. He also added that the punishment of the leaders of the Russian Federation for this crime is very important so that such a crime does not happen again - just as Germany and the leaders of the Third Reich were punished. "The Nuremberg Tribunal was a gift that helped our country. 22 Nazis were found guilty," he added.
Earlier, Minister Dmytro Kuleba explained in Berlin that Russia's crimes are genocide, and the reason for Russians' crimes is that "our existence annoys them."