UN experts were shocked by the large number of executions in the areas they visited.
A team of experts appointed by the highest UN human rights body to study human rights violations in Ukraine, found evidence of war crimes, committed after a full-scale attack by Russia in February.
It is reported The Washington Post.
UN Human Rights Council experts visited 27 cities and towns in Ukraine. In particular, in June, their 10-day trip to Buchi in the Kyiv region took place, where mass graves and numerous bodies of murdered people were discovered scattered on the streets.
They visited graves and places where the occupiers detained and tortured Ukrainians, interviewed more than 150 victims and witnesses. In his report on Friday, September 23, the head of the commission on human rights, Eric Mose, said:
“Based on the evidence collected by the commission, it concluded that war crimes were committed in Ukraine.”
Experts cited the testimony of former prisoners about beatings, electric shocks and forced undressing in Russian detention centers. They also expressed serious concerns about the executions, which the team was working to document in four regions.
“We were struck by the large number of executions in the areas we visited. The commission is currently investigating such deaths in 16 cities and towns,” Möze said.
Commission member Pablo de Greiff told reporters that the team found two cases of ill-treatment of soldiers of the Russian Federation by the Ukrainian military and a significant number of cases of war crimes committed by the Russians.
“We found, obviously, a much larger number of cases that are war crimes on the part of the Russian Federation,” he said.
In addition, he said, an unspecified number of Russian soldiers were found to have committed crimes of sexual or gender-based violence. Their victims were persons aged from 4 to 82 years.
The commission plans to gradually expand its investigation to include allegations of internment or deportation filtering camps, forced displacement of people, and allegations of expedited adoptions.
The work of the commission could ultimately contribute to the work of prosecutors at the International Criminal Court, who could bring charges of war crimes committed in Ukraine.
War crimes by Russians are recorded in all liberated territories of Ukraine
As UNIAN wrote, Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin said in an interview with CBS News on September 18 that 34,000 Russian war crimes have been recorded so far.
After the liberation of settlements in the north of the Kyiv region, in particular, Buchi, Borodyanka, Irpen and others, the world was horrified by what it saw. It became known about numerous mass murders of the civilian population, torture and rape of civilians committed by the Russians.
As of Wednesday, August, according to the Kyiv region police, the bodies of 1,352 citizens killed by the Russian military were found in the region.
At the moment, law enforcement officers prioritize the cases of war crimes committed in cities and towns in the Kharkiv region, in particular, in Izyum, which was released the day before.
In total, 10 torture chambers were discovered in the de-occupied territories of the Kharkiv region, all in the Izyum district discovered five cemeterieswhere civilians and military personnel killed as a result of Russian aggression are buried.
Exhumation of bodies from mass graves is currently being completed in Izyum. 427 bodies of our citizens have already been lifted from the ground, of which 202 are women, 189 are men, and 5 are children. As the head of Kharkiv OVA Oleg Sinegubov stated, among the bodies that were exhumed at the mass burial site in Izyum, 99% with signs of violent death.
Jan Lipavsky, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic urged create a special international tribunal to investigate crimes committed by the Russian army.
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