James Sunderland says war violations such as rape will galvanise Ukrainian forces to become even more formidable

Following the Government response to an Urgent Question on Ukraine with particular reference to the use of rape as a weapon of war, James Sunderland says that any such violations will galvanise the Ukrainian forces to become even more formidable and will galvanise the ICC, UN and other agencies involved to gather the evidence to ensure future prosecutions.

James Sunderland (Bracknell) (Con)

The Minister will know that there are three components of fighting power: physical, conceptual and moral. Does she agree that any violations of the Geneva convention in Ukraine are likely to galvanise the Ukrainian forces to become an even more formidable adversary, and galvanise the ICC, the UN, the International Committee of the Red Cross and other agencies to generate the necessary evidence for future prosecutions?

Vicky Ford (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs)

I completely agree with my hon. and gallant Friend. Furthermore, he used exactly the right word to describe the Ukrainian people: formidable. I would add brave, caring and just absolutely unbelievable. I do not think that there is a single person in this House who does not have huge admiration for what Ukraine is doing to support its own people.