In a resolution approved during Wednesday’s session, the European Parliament formally recognizes Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko as an accomplice to Russian actions in Ukraine. The resolution further urges the International Criminal Court (ICC) to issue an arrest warrant for Lukashenko due to his direct involvement in the unlawful deportations of Ukrainian children, including those into Belarusian territory.
According to the document, Lukashenko’s regime effectively facilitated Russia’s pursuit of an unjustified war of aggression against Ukraine, thereby becoming complicit in Russia’s criminal actions. Consequently, it asserts that Lukashenko bears responsibility for the destruction and harm inflicted upon Ukraine.
The resolution also strongly condemns the illicit transfer of over 2,150 children, including orphans, from areas in Ukraine under Russian occupation to purported holiday camps situated in Belarus, where they are subjected to a process of Russification and ideological indoctrination.
Within the context described, the actions taken by Lukashenko and his regime may be construed as constituting the crime against humanity known as ‘deportation or forcible transfer of population,’ as outlined in the document.
The resolution holds Lukashenko accountable for these wartime atrocities on par with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian children’s ombudsman Maria Lvova-Belova. Consequently, it calls upon the ICC to consider issuing an international arrest warrant of a similar nature for Lukashenko.