• 12:07 p.m .: an international prosecutor's office can be created "very quickly" to investigate the crime of Russian aggression in Ukraine, according to Brussels

An international prosecutor's office can be established "quickly" to gather evidence of the crime of aggression committed by Russia in Ukraine, said European Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders.

It would be a "first step" before the establishment of a special tribunal, because the ICC does not have jurisdiction over it.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) only has jurisdiction over war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Ukraine, not Russia's 'crimes of aggression', as Moscow and Kyiv are not signatories of the Treaty of Rome establishing this jurisdiction.

While the crime of aggression is attributable to the highest political and military leaders of a country.

This "international coordination center for the prosecution of the crime of aggression" would be located in The Hague at the headquarters of Eurojust, the EU agency for judicial cooperation in criminal matters, according to the Commission.

According to the Belgian commissioner, this structure could be made up of the "joint investigation team" which already involves six member states, Ukraine, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Eurojust, and which the United States should join " in a few weeks".

The subject would be raised next week at a meeting in kyiv between part of the Commission and the Ukrainian government.

  • 12:22 a.m.: Ukraine asks Australian Open to ban Novak Djokovic's father from stadium

Ukraine's ambassador to Canberra has demanded Australian Open organizers withdraw the accreditation of Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic's father, who was filmed with fans waving pro-Russian flags and symbols.

"He should have his accreditation withdrawn. It's up to Novak and his team to take charge and sort this out," ambassador Vasyl Myroshnychenko told AFP.

He also called on Novak Djokovic to personally apologize and clarify his position on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

"It is important that Novak addresses this situation," he stressed.

"He should apologize for what happened and condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine."

With AFP and Reuters

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