The UN concluded that Russia committed war crimes in Ukraine
Sexual assault, torture and execution of both combatants and civilians. The U.N. investigative mission to Ukraine concluded that Russia committed war crimes during its invasion of the country after it visited the country in June, Trilateral Commission Chairman Eric Mose said in a speech to the U.N. human rights office on Friday. Rights Council.
“We were shocked by the large number of executions in the areas we visited,” said the Norwegian expert, adding that the mission was investigating such killings in 16 Ukrainian cities, although they had received credible reports of such executions. Crimes in many other places.
Many of these killings were against people previously detained, Mose noted, adding that many of the dead had their hands tied behind their backs, head wounds and throats cut, indicating they had been summarily executed.
The Russian Federation military condemned sexual and gender-based violence against victims “between the ages of four and 82,” and in some cases, their relatives were forced to watch the men suffer. – Treatment or torture. .
The mission, also founded by Colombian Pablo de Greif and Bosnian Jasminka Dzumhur, “reported cases of rape, torture and unlawful detention of children” and, in some cases, murder.
Witnesses interviewed by the mission reported that they were beaten, tortured with electric shocks and forced to strip during illegal detention, in some cases after being transported from Ukraine to Russian territory.
Some of the attacks we examined were carried out without distinguishing between civilians and combatants.
A Norwegian expert condemned the repeated use of explosive devices in demilitarized zones, resulting in the destruction of residential areas, schools, hospitals and other infrastructure, which, according to the United Nations Human Rights Office, killed around 6,000 civilians. Seven months of struggle.
“Some of the attacks we investigated were carried out without distinguishing between civilians and combatants,” Mose said, referring to a piece of evidence of potential war crimes.
The findings are the first reported by the mission since it was established by the Human Rights Council in March last year, and specifically cover acts committed in February and March in the Kyiv, Chernihiv, Yarkov and Sumy areas.
“The recent discovery of new mass graves (in the east of Kharkiv region) illustrates the seriousness of the situation,” the commission chairman said, adding that Ukrainian authorities cooperated with him in the investigation, while Russia had so far refused to communicate with them.
Mose specified that the mission had reported two cases of ill-treatment of Russian soldiers by Ukrainian forces. This type of crime, “although few in number, will continue to be the focus of our attention.”
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