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UN concludes Russia has committed war crimes in Ukraine

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Rapes, torture, murders, executions… The UN fact-finding mission in Ukraine has concluded, after visiting that country in June, that Russia has committed war crimes during its invasion of this country, stressed today the chairman of the tripartite commission, Erik Mosesin his appearance before the United Nations Human Rights Council.

“We were struck by large number of executions perpetrated in the areas we visited,” said the Norwegian expert, who indicated that the mission investigates this type of murder in 16 Ukrainian towns, although it has received credible reports of crimes of this type in many other places.

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Many of these murders were perpetrated in previously detained personshighlighted Mose, who indicated that numerous deceased had their hands tied behind their backs, head wounds and throat cuts, indications that show that they were summary executions.

The chairman of the commission also denounced that soldiers of the Russian Federation have committed sexual and gender violence, to victims “between four and 82 years old”, and that in some cases their relatives were forced to see how these people were mistreated or tortured.

The mission -also made up of Colombian Pablo de Greiff and Bosnian Jasminka Dzumhur- “has documented cases in which children were raped, tortured and illegally detained“, being killed in some cases.

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Witnesses interviewed by the mission reported having been subjected to beatings, electric shocks and forced nudity during illegal detentionsin some cases after being taken from Ukraine to Russian territory.

The Norwegian expert also denounced the repeated use of explosive devices in non-military zones, which have affected residential areas, schools, hospitals and other infrastructure, which according to the United Nations Office for Human Rights have caused the death of some 6,000 civilians in seven months of conflict.

“A portion of the attacks we investigated were launched without distinction between civilians and combatants”Mose noted, alluding to one of the pieces of evidence for possible war crimes.

The conclusions are the first communicated by the mission since its creation by the Human Rights Council last March, and especially covers acts perpetrated in February and March in the areas near kyiv, Chernigov, Kharkov and Sumi.

“The recent discovery of more mass graves illustrates the seriousness of the situation”highlighted the president of the commission, who indicated that the Ukrainian authorities collaborated with them in the investigations, while Russia has so far refused to communicate with them.

Mose clarified that the mission has collected two incidents of mistreatment of Russian soldiers by Ukrainian forcesa type of crime that “although they are fewer in number, will continue to be subject to our attention”.

Source: Lasexta

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