A UN investigation concluded that war crimes were committed during the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Ruins in Mariupol after Russian bombing (AP/Evgeniy Maloletka/File)
Ruins in Mariupol after Russian bombing (AP/Evgeniy Maloletka/File)

The UN fact-finding mission to Ukraine, after visiting the country in June, concluded that Russia committed war crimes during its invasion of that countrystressed today the President of this tripartite Commission, Eric Mosesduring his appearance before the United Nations Human Rights Council.

We were shocked by the large number of executions in the areas we visited” stressed the Norwegian expert, noting that the mission is investigating this type of murder in 16 Ukrainian locationsalthough she has received credible reports of crimes of this nature in many other places.

Many of these murders were committed against people who had previously been imprisonedemphasized Moses, who pointed out that numerous dead people presented themselves Hands tied behind the back, head wounds and cut throatsEvidence that it was so summary executions.

The chairman of the commission also condemned these soldiers of the Russian Federation committed sexual and gender-based violenceto the victims”between four and 82 years”and in some cases their relatives They had to see how these people were mistreated or tortured.

The mission -also formed by the Colombian Pablo de Greiff and the Bosnian Jasminka Dzumhur-“has documented cases of children being raped, tortured and unlawfully detained‘, killed in some cases.

Workers demolish a multi-storey apartment building destroyed in the Ukraine-Russia conflict in the Russian-controlled city of Mariupol, Ukraine, August 23, 2022 (REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)
Workers demolish a multi-storey apartment building destroyed in the Ukraine-Russia conflict in the Russian-controlled city of Mariupol, Ukraine, August 23, 2022 (REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

Witnesses interviewed by the mission reported it was Subjected to beatings, electric shocks and forced nudity during unlawful detention, in some cases after their transfer from Ukraine to Russian territory.

The Norwegian expert also denounced this repeated use of explosive devices in non-military areaswhich have affected residential areas, schools, hospitals and other infrastructure that have claimed the lives of about 6,000 civilians in seven months of the conflict, according to the United Nations Office for Human Rights.

Some of the attacks we examined were carried out without distinguishing between civilians and combatants‘ Moses stressed, referring to one of the pieces of evidence of possible war crimes.

The conclusions are the first to be sent by the mission since it was set up by the Human Rights Council last March, and concern in particular the crimes committed in February and March in the Kyiv, Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Sumi regions.

The recent discovery of more mass graves illustrates the seriousness of the situation” highlighted the President of the Commission, who pointed out that the Ukrainian authorities cooperated with them in the investigation, while Russia has so far refused to communicate with them.

Moses clarified that the mission collected two incidents of mistreatment of Russian soldiers by Ukrainian forces, a type of crime that “although fewer in numbers, will continue to be the subject of our attention.”

(With information from EFE)


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