prosecuting putin?

The trail of war crimes in Ukraine

A year ago, President Putin ordered the Russian attack on Ukraine. Since then, homes have been shelled, civilians tortured and killed. The International Criminal Court in The Hague is preparing a trial against those responsible. But how can war crimes be proven in court? The documentary accompanies Belkis Wille and Richard Weir from the independent human rights organisation Human Rights Watch as they search for clues in the war zone.

Belkis Wille reports on the research to a German prosecutor in Kiev, because the Federal Prosecutor’s Office is also investigating for a trial in The Hague. It is dangerous detective work in the middle of the war to secure the traces of the crimes so that the perpetrators can be brought to justice. In the end, will it be enough to indict President Putin as commander-in-chief of the Russian army?

A reportage into the abysses of war. Researchers, investigators and journalists put themselves in danger to document the monstrous crimes. Serbian President Milosevic was also tried for war crimes in The Hague at the time. What would Vladimir Putin expect in a trial there? This lavish documentary reveals what the investigators are gathering for an indictment.

Link to film at ARD Mediathek

Link to Tagesschau podcast “11km”