Russia guilty of war crimes in Ukraine, UN report says

23 September, 06:04 PM
Mass burial in Izyum (Photo:REUTERS/Vyacheslav Madiyevskyy)

Mass burial in Izyum (Photo:REUTERS/Vyacheslav Madiyevskyy)

A UN human rights commission has established that Russian troops have committed war crimes in Ukraine, German newspaper DW reported on Sept. 23.

“Based on the evidence gathered by the Commission, it has concluded that war crimes have been committed in Ukraine,” the Commission of Inquiry chief Erik Mose told the UN Human Rights Council.

The commission was set up back in May to investigate claims of Russian war crimes in the wake of Russian forces withdrawing from Kyiv, Kharkiv, Sumy, and Chernihiv oblasts.

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The experts were “struck” by the large number of executions in areas they visited, according to Mose.

“The commission is currently investigating deaths in 16 towns and settlements,” he said.

The investigation included interviews with 150 victims and witnesses of war crimes, and examination of grave and torture sites across 27 settlements in Ukraine.

The report outlines uncovered evidence of beatings, electrocutions, and sexual violence.

According to Mose, the commission has found evidence of a number of Russian soldiers engaging in a variety of sexual and gender-based crimes against victims aged between four and eighty-two.

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