Date of the event



Mariupol, Donetsk region

The President of Ukraine V. Zelensky, in his address, said about the intentional blocking of access of Mariupol residents to food, water and electricity and the death of a child from dehydration.

Legal qualification

in accordance with Art. 8 sec. 2 (b) (i) of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, adopted on 17 July 1998 in Rome; with regard to war crimes, the above-mentioned incident is a war crime that can be classified as other serious violations of the laws and customs of international law applicable to armed conflicts of an international nature, namely: xxv)Intentionally using starvation of civilians as a method of warfare by depriving them of objects indispensable to their survival, including willfully impeding relief supplies as provided for under the Geneva Conventions; (i) Intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population as such or against individual civilians not taking direct part in hostilities;