Raped children and street executions: UN evidence on war crimes in Ukraine

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The UN Commission of Inquiry announced that it had collected a series of evidence on rapes and summary executions carried out by Russians in Ukraine.

Author: Gabriella Mazzeo

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Bombing of residential areas, torture and rape of women and children: these are just some of the monstrosities detected by UN experts in Ukraine. The Commission of Inquiry created last March accused Russia before the Human Rights Council of war crimes.

The allegations were based on evidence gathered in the field by inspectors. “Several crimes were committed in Ukraine,” denounced the chairman of the investigation team, Norwegian Erik Mose, in a first verbal report.

An unusual move for the UN: normally, in fact, before they are released, the accusations are formalized. However, the Commission’s experts pointed out that the evidence gathered is “clear and large-scale”.

Mose reported having collected, together with two other team members, a series of evidence about summary executions (the signs of which were visible on the corpses) and about sexual violence in victims aged “between 4 and 82 years old”. “In some cases – explained Mose – the perpetrators have already been identified: they are Russian soldiers. We have documented a large number of crimes against children: some were raped, others tortured and illegally detained.”

According to the report of the Commission of Inquiry, the victims’ families were also forced to attend to the violence of the Russians. Experts also said they found evidence of the use of Russian explosive devices in highly populated areas to cause massacres among civilians.

The investigation is limited to crimes and abuses committed in Kiev, Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Sumy regions. 27 towns and villages were inspected and 150 witnesses were interviewed. The UN also collected evidence on two cases of abuse by the Ukrainian military to the detriment of the Russians.

Mose announced his intention to proceed with the investigation, particularly with the analysis of the mass graves of Izyum discovered after the reconquest of the city by Ukrainian forces. The regional governor announced that at least 436 bodies had been found, 30 of them with signs of torture. The Moscow representative did not comment on the Commission’s report.

Source: Fan Page IT

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