ICC to investigate alleged Russian war crimes — New York Times

The International Criminal Court (ICC) will open two cases against Russian officials, the New York Times reported.

A spokeswoman for the office of ICC prosecutor Karim Khan said it “offers no comment about this story.”

The New York Times said the first case involved Russia’s alleged abduction of Ukrainian children.

The second case pertains to allegations that Moscow deliberately targets civilian infrastructure in its war on Ukraine.

The ICC launched an investigation into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Ukraine just days after the start of the invasion on February 24, 2022.

Neither Russia nor Ukraine are members of the ICC. Russia denies the allegations of war crimes committed by its forces.

Russia could raise military age

A bill introduced in Russia’s parliament could raise the age for compulsory military service, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported.

The proposal would gradually raise the minimum military conscription age from 18 to 21 by 2026.

It would also immediately raise the maximum age from 27 to 30.

Voluntary enlistment in the army will still be possible at the age of 18 under the bill.

Independent media reported that the new regulations could bring another 300,000 conscripts to the army. Russia does not officially use conscripts on the battlefield in Ukraine.