UN experts have claimed that Putin’s thugs in Ukraine have raped and tortured children as young as four.
A team from the Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine has investigated alleged war crimes in Kyiv, Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Sumy, including evidence of s*xual abuse, ex*cutions, b*mbing of civilian areas and torture.
He cited testimonies from former prisoners of beatings, electric shocks and forced nudity in Russian detention centers.
Commission chairman Eric Moses told the Human Rights Council that an unspecified number of Russian soldiers have been found to have committed crimes of s*xual or gender-based violence – with victims between the ages of four and 82.
He said the team was ‘impressed by the large number of ex*cutions in the areas we visited’, and often found ‘obvious signs of ex*cution on bodies, such as hands tied behind the back, bullet wounds to the head, and cut throats’.
He said: ‘Based on the evidence gathered by the commission, it has been concluded that war crimes have been committed in Ukraine.’
Investigators remove a body bag from behind several bodies on the forest floor today near the city of Izyum in eastern Ukraine.
A worker carries a cross during a b*rial ceremony for unidentified persons in Bucha district.
Commission chairman Eric Moses (pictured today) cited testimonies of former prisoners being beaten, electr*cuted and forced to strip.
It comes as Ukrainian authorities said today that 436 bodies, 30 with signs of torture, had been exhumed from a mass b*rial site in Izym.
Kharkiv Oblast Governor Olya Senyhobov and regional police chief Volodymyr Tymushk said three more graves were located in areas occupied by Ukrainian forces in retaliation this month.
During its 10-day June visit to Ukraine, the UN team visited Bucha, a town outside Kyiv where Ukrainian authorities found mass graves and bodies strewn in the streets after Russian forces withdrew in late March.
‘We were struck by the large number of ex*cutions in the areas we visited. The commission is currently investigating such d*aths in 16 towns and villages,” Musa said.
He did not specify who or which side allegedly caused the casualties in the war.
The findings echo reports by news organizations and others of destruction, d*ath and despair in Ukraine since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion on February 24.
Pablo de Graef, a member of the commission, told reporters that the team had found two cases of ill-treatment of Russian Federation soldiers by Ukrainian soldiers.
“We have clearly found a large number of incidents that amount to war crimes by the Russian Federation.”
A dog walks past destroyed houses in Varnouplia village of Kharkiv region.
The commission’s work could eventually contribute to the work of International Criminal Court prosecutors who could bring charges of war crimes in Ukraine, although it is uncertain whether Russia or other alleged perpetrators will ever face justice.
The Ambassador-at-Large for Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Anton Kurinevych, joined ambassadors from several Western countries who spoke out against Moscow’s war in the wake of the commission’s presentation. The Russian delegation boycotted the council meeting.
Korynevych, speaking via video, called for the establishment of a special tribunal with jurisdiction over “the crime of aggression against Ukraine” and to investigate senior Russian political and military leaders allegedly responsible.
He said accountability for rights violations and atrocities linked to Russia’s ‘aggression’ is vital. But Korenevich also highlights how the war’s effects have spread around the world and ‘brought many countries to the brink of starvation, increased extreme poverty, created a threat of nuclear catastrophe that at first sight It did not come’ and damaged the livelihood of millions of people.
Vladimir Putin’s forces have been accused of committing war crimes against civilians in Ukraine (pictured today).
Commission investigators visited 27 towns and villages, as well as graves and detention and torture centers. interviewed more than 150 victims and witnesses; and met with advocacy groups and government officials, Moses said.
The commission plans to gradually expand its investigation, covering areas of interest including allegations of infiltration camps for detention or deportation, forced transfers of people, and hasty adoptions of children. .
“Evidence of Russia’s atrocities grows more gruesome by the day, most recently with the uncovering of mass graves in Ezum, where corpses bear signs of torture,” Michelle Taylor, the US ambassador to the Human Rights Council, said in a statement. Referring to said. The regional city was recaptured by Ukrainian forces in recent weeks.
Taylor urged the commissioners to “continue to examine mounting evidence of Russia’s filtration operations, forced deportations and disappearances.”
It cites ‘multiple sources’ indicating that Russian authorities have interrogated, detained and/or forcibly deported between 900,000 and 1.6 million Ukrainian citizens, and reports that children from Ukraine Being deported and placed in Russian orphanages for adoption.
A handful of Russia’s allies participated in the defense of Moscow.
Anna Vasilevskaya, Belarus’ deputy permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva, said Russia’s att*ck was aimed at protecting Russian-speakers in Ukraine.
He said that ‘the partisan debates in the Human Rights Council blaming only Russia are over’.
Vasilovskaya said her country was not a party to the conflict, although Belarus was one of the places where Russian forces gathered before invading Ukraine.
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