“Ukraine has put in place conditions that allowed neo-Nazi organizations to function on its territory, including amnesty for their members, failures to bring them to criminal responsibility, and legislative endorsement of crimes committed against Russians,” she added.
“When sufficient evidence is presented by law-enforcement agencies … then, of course, those guilty will be punished.”
Newsweek has contacted Ukraine’s foreign ministry for comment.
Shishkina’s comments came after the International Criminal Court said it would investigate possible war crimes committed during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The court’s chief prosecutor, Karim Khan, announced on March 2 that his office would be looking into possible war crimes committed in the country, after nearly 40 ICC member states put in a request for an investigation.
A growing number of officials and world leaders have called for Putin to be held accountable as the civilian death toll rises in Ukraine.
Kyiv lawmakers have drafted their own resolution that labels the Russian president a war criminal, according to Radio Free Europe.
The resolution states that it aims to “publicly confirm the crimes committed by the president of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, against mankind’s security and international law, and call on international institutions to investigate mentioned illegal acts and bringing Putin to account.”
It states that Putin is responsible for actions “in which millions of Ukrainians suffered damage to their health, in many cases death, lost movable and immovable property, and were forced to abandon their homes.”
Newsweek contacted the Russian Foreign Ministry for comment.