In fact, Ukraine is responsible for prosecuting crimes committed on its territory, whether committed by the Russian aggressors or by its own soldiers or citizens.

Judgments have already been made.

But the country is fighting for survival, and it is not yet clear whether, when and how the main Russian war criminals will have to answer for themselves.

After all, it is about the most serious international crimes that concern everyone.

That is why the International Criminal Court and national courts are already investigating.

Keep your own standards high

If the EU now supports the prosecution in The Hague on the one hand and wants to create a special court on the other, this shows the extent of the allegations, but also helplessness.

As important as it is to uphold one's own standards, it is also clear that effective, comprehensive prosecution of the main perpetrators will only take place after a ceasefire and - if at all - under new Russian leadership.

The Nuremberg Trials took place after Germany's unconditional surrender and occupation.

Despite the brutal Russian war of conquest, the West does not have that in mind today.

But even if the threat of prosecution can make a negotiated solution more difficult, the message remains important that no criminal should feel safe anywhere.