UN sees no signs of genocide in Ukraine so far
Mass grave site in liberated Izium (Photo:Press officer of the 93rd Brigade Kholodnyi Yar Iryna Rybakova. via Eugene Enin / Facebook)
The UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine has found no evidence of genocide committed by invading Russian forces so far, commission head Eric Möse said at a press briefing on March 16.
“We did not find that there was a genocide in Ukraine," said Möse.
Möse added that his team is looking into all the evidence available and "there are some aspects that could raise questions" about the genocide, but a final conclusion has not yet been reached.
On March 16, the commission released a new report confirming that Russian attacks on civilians in Ukraine, systematic torture, rape, and murder in occupied areas amounted to war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity.
On April 14, the Ukrainian parliament recognized the actions of Russia and its army as genocide of the Ukrainian people. The leaders of several Western countries have condemned the war crimes of the Russian army and called for an investigation and prosecution of the perpetrators.
Russia’s apparent crimes in Ukraine have already been officially recognized as genocide by the Senate of the Czech Republic, the Senate of Canada, the Parliament of Estonia, the Saeima of Latvia, and legislative bodies of other countries.
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