In a resolution adopted with 472 votes in favour, 19 against with 33 abstentions, members of the European Parliament (MEPs) demanded that the Russian political and military leadership be held accountable for the crime of aggression against Ukraine.
The resolution said that "the atrocities committed by Russian forces in Bucha, Irpin and many other Ukrainian towns reveal the brutality of the war and underscore the importance of coordinated international action to bring those accountable to justice under international law," according to the European Parliament's website.
In their resolution, MEPs urged the EU to push for the creation of a special tribunal "in close cooperation with Ukraine and the international community."
EU lawmakers said on Thursday that "establishing a tribunal would fill a vacuum in international criminal justice and complement the investigative efforts of the International Criminal Court."
The resolution added that the tribunal must have jurisdiction to investigate not only Russian President Vladimir Putin and the political and military leadership of Russia, but also Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko "and his cronies," the EU legislature said on its website.
MEPs also said in their resolution that "it is no longer feasible" for Russia under Putin’s leadership "to return to business as usual" with the West, according to the europarl.europa.eu website.
'I call on all our partners to support such a tribunal': Ukraine's Zelensky
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed the vote in a tweet, calling on "all our partners to support such a tribunal."