EXCLUSIVE: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is ‘genocidal’ and requires a war crimes tribunal, says Estonian Foreign Minister

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Russia’s war in Ukraine has turned ‘genocidal’ and nations should worry about a ‘world security order’ where ‘power prevails’, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu told Fox News Digital.

“The larger context is what will happen to the global security order – will (the) power alone prevail? Well, it could be a case then: one country, one nuclear energy only threatens the world with a nuclear arsenal,” Reinsalu said.

The minister urged the international community to come together to form a tribunal and try Russian leaders for what he said had become “a type of genocidal war.”

“The world needs to see (…) the defendants, Putin, as well as his accomplices,” Reinsalu added.

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Estonia was one of the first countries to accuse Russia of war crimes after the invasion of Ukraine, along with Latvia and Slovakia.

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu spoke to Fox News Digital in the Rose Garden at United Nations Headquarters.

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu spoke to Fox News Digital in the Rose Garden at United Nations Headquarters.
(Digital Fox News)

At a ministerial meeting on the International Criminal Court, Reinsalu spoke of the “terrible images” of the Ukrainian towns of Bucha and Izyum. Ukrainian officials said they found 450 bodies in a mass grave in Izyum, some have their hands tied behind their backs.

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Reinsalu urged the international community to respond to Russia’s crimes by introduce new penalties “on a transatlantic basis” as well as increasing arms aid to Ukraine – particularly in the wake of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s renewed nuclear weapons threat.

A Russian tank and a destroyed bridge are seen in Izium, Ukraine on Tuesday.  Izium had been occupied by the Russians since April 1, causing more destruction and death in the small town.

A Russian tank and a destroyed bridge are seen in Izium, Ukraine on Tuesday. Izium had been occupied by the Russians since April 1, causing more destruction and death in the small town.
(Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

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Reinsalu pointed out that “the only person on Earth who can end the war is Putin”.

Russia also has integrated cyberattacks into its arsenaltaking down Ukrainian websites and trying to disrupt operations during the invasion.

Estonia, which ranked as the third safest country on the Global Cybersecurity Index in 2021, said it fended off a “major” Russian cyberattack over the summer – the “most level”. high “cyber threat” for about a decade, according to Reinsalu.

A war crimes prosecutor examines the damage in a destroyed building as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, following shelling in Mykolaiv.

A war crimes prosecutor examines the damage in a destroyed building as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, following shelling in Mykolaiv.
(Mykolaiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office Press Service/Handout via Reuters)

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“So we survived, and I also applaud that Ukraine survived quite well, but we have to be careful. Russia continues to see us as an adversary and also uses cyberattacks … as one of the main weapons,” said Reinsalu.

Caitlin McFall of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.