The European Parliament has overwhelmingly backed a resolution declaring Vladimir Putin’s Russia a “state sponsor of terrorism” for its invasion and actions in Ukraine.
By a vote of 494 to 58, with 48 abstentions, the MEP tried to increase pressure on Moscow to bring all those responsible for war crimes committed since the invasion began before an international court.
The 27-nation bloc has condemned the invasion in the strongest possible terms and has repeatedly said that several Russian actions over the past 10 months constitute war crimes.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy welcomed the decision of the European Parliament. “Russia must be isolated and held accountable at all levels to end its longstanding policy of terror in Ukraine and around the world,” he wrote on Twitter.
It comes amid reports of fresh Russian attacks on critical infrastructure across Ukraine, including the capital, prompting a nationwide airstrike alert. The attacks left the entire Kyiv region without power, according to Oleksii Kuleba, head of the regional military administration.