The Russian "special military operation" and IHL
For the past months, the world has watched a humanitarian crisis unfold across Ukraine. Much has already been written since the annexation of Crimea and the ongoing war that started on the 24th of February as "a military invasion" (Western point of view) or "a special military operation" (Russian point of view) in Ukraine. Despite the many analysis, the world seems still confused to understand the implications of these events under international law and the application of the laws of war – international humanitarian law (IHL).
Violation of International Law
So, what international law governs at the armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine?
1. What responsibility should Russia's actions entail?
2. Can Russia be held accountable for committing crimes against humanity?
Breach of International Law