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War crimes committed in Ukraine, UN-ordered probe – National

War crimes such as rape, torture and child imprisonment have been committed in the Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine, the head of a UN-mandated investigative agency said Friday.

Ukraine and its Western allies allege a series of human rights abuses by Russian soldiers since the February 24 invasion, which Moscow denies as a smear campaign.

“On the basis of the evidence gathered by the Commission, we have concluded that war crimes have been committed in Ukraine,” Eric Moses, who heads the Ukraine Commission of Inquiry, told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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Although it did not say who was responsible, the commission focused on areas formerly occupied by Russian forces, including Kyiv, Chernihiv, Kharkov and Sumy.

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Investigators from a commission set up by the Council on Rights in March visited 27 locations and interviewed more than 150 victims and witnesses.

Moses said they found evidence of numerous executions, including corpses with bound hands, slit throats, and gunshot wounds to the head.

He said investigators had identified victims of sexual violence between the ages of 4 and 82. Some Russian soldiers used sexual violence as a strategy, but the commission said it was “not to that effect.” We haven’t established a general pattern,” Mose added.


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Russia denies intentionally attacking civilians during what it calls a “special military operation.”

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Russia was asked to respond to the allegations on the Council, but the seat remained vacant. There was no immediate official response from Moscow.

The Commission will next turn its attention to the allegations of “filtration” camps in Russian occupied territories for processing Ukrainian prisoners and allegations of forced deportation and adoption of Ukrainian children in Russia.

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Ukraine and several other countries have also asked the commission to investigate mass graves near Idium in eastern Ukraine where hundreds of bodies were found.

“If there is no answer, (Russia’s transgressions) will drag us into a dark world of impunity and tolerance,” Ukrainian envoy Anton Kolinevich told the council in a video link.

Investigations initiated by the council may be used in national and international courts, as in the case of a former Syrian intelligence agent jailed for state-sponsored torture in Germany in January.

Morse said he was in contact with the International Criminal Court about the commission’s findings. The agency plans to submit a full report to the council at the end of its mandate in March 2023, including recommendations on how to hold perpetrators accountable.



War crimes committed in Ukraine, UN-ordered probe – National

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