The Spanish Government has asked the Prosecutor’s Office of the International Criminal Court and Ukraine to investigate the death of aid worker Emma Igual as a war crime. This is what the Foreign Minister, José Manuel Albares, has conveyed in letters sent to the court in The Hague and to his Ukrainian counterpart Dmitros Kuleba, as he reported in a meeting with journalists in Strasbourg.
Albares has no doubt that the responsibility for the death of the Spanish aid worker lies with Russia in the context of the war of aggression against Ukraine and has offered material and human resources from Spain to collaborate in clarifying what happened. Within the framework of the attack on Ukraine, the Government has made troops available to Ukraine to investigate possible war crimes.
The 32-year-old Spanish volunteer died this Sunday in Ukraine after a Russian projectile hit the vehicle in which she was traveling, near Bakhmut. A Canadian volunteer, Anthony Ihmal, was also killed in the attack, and a German doctor and a Swedish volunteer were injured, according to the organization they worked for, Road To Relief, in a statement.
She was also the co-founder of Road To Relief, an organization that began its work with the evacuation of civilians from Mariupol, one of the cities devastated by Russian forces, and in recent months has focused its activities on the towns of Donetsk and Kherson.