The conviction of a Russian soldier of a war crime is not a sign of an impending invasion of Ukraine, believes the founder of the Raoul Dandurand Chair at UQAM, Charles Philippe David.
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“I think this war will go on for a long time before a ceasefire is negotiated,” he said in an interview with TVA Novels.
“It is a step forward, but it will not change the course of the war,” he added.
However, Mr. David believes that such condemnation is important because it occurs during the conflict. Usually, this type of procedure is done after the war.
Charles Philip David adds, however, that it is too early to declare victory and to punish those truly responsible for the war crimes committed in Ukraine.
“This young soldier, as guilty as he was, was taking orders from his superiors. Before you could convict the superiors, it would take a lot of time and a lot of documentation,” he explains.
The latter also believes that the convicted soldier may soon be part of a prisoner exchange between Russia and Ukraine.
To see the full interview, watch the video above.