Vladimir Putin and his troops are war criminals under international law.
Among the Geneva Convention provisions one will find Rule 134, as follows:
Rule 134. The specific protection, health and assistance needs of women affected by armed conflict must be respected.
Based on admissions by their troops in writing (text messages) and numerous films showing targeted shelling of apartments where Ukrainian women were in residence, Putin and his generals have purposely committed acts of terror against civilians, including women and children, in violation of the UN Declaration on the Protection of Women and Children in Emergency and Armed Conflict
Paragraphs 4 and 5 of the 1974 UN Declaration on the Protection of Women and Children in Emergency and Armed Conflict state the following:
4. All the necessary steps shall be taken to ensure the prohibition of measures such as persecution, torture, punitive measures, degrading treatment and violence, particularly against that part of the civilian population that consists of women …
5. All forms of repression and cruel and inhuman treatment of women … including imprisonment, torture, shooting, mass arrests, collective punishment, destruction of dwellings and forcible eviction, committed by belligerents in the course of military operations or in occupied territories shall be considered criminal. [Emphasis added.]
Action should be commenced immediately in the International Criminal Court for the acts of the last week in which women (and children - as well the elderly and handicapped) in their dwellings have been both shelled and forcibly evicted by military personnel in the Russian armed forces.
War crimes are defined in the statute that established the International Criminal Court, which includes:
Grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions, such as:
1. Willful killing, or causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health…
3. Unlawful wanton destruction or appropriation of property…
8. Directing attacks against civilians [Emphasis added.]