UN Commission of Inquiry: Abuse, Torture, Death: Report on Russian War Crimes

UN Commission of Inquiry
Abuse, Torture, Death: Report of Russian War Crimes

Officials exhume the first of two bodies from a grave as part of an investigation into war crimes in Ukraine

Officials exhume the first of two bodies from a grave as part of a war crimes investigation in the Ukrainian village of Hrakove. photo

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Experts have documented Russian war crimes in the early stages of the invasion. Those who were executed were often tied up before they died - some victims of sexual violence were only four years old.

According to its own information, a UN investigative commission has found various Russian war crimes found in Ukraine.

Among other things, the experts documented sexual and gender-related acts of violence by some Russian soldiers, as Commission Chairman Erik Møse explained in a first oral interim report on Friday. The victims of these crimes are between 4 and 82 years old, he said at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The human rights experts' investigation initially focused on the initial phase of the invasion in February and March and on the regions of Kyiv, Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Sumy. During visits to these theaters of war, the commission noticed a high number of executions. Victims are often in front of her Death been arrested and tied up. The dead had gunshot wounds to the heads and slashed throats. Investigations are currently underway in 16 locations, the report said, which did not name the number of victims.

Witnesses report torture and abuse

"Witnesses have consistently reported torture and ill-treatment during unlawful detention," Møse reported. Some victims said they were taken to Russia and held there for weeks. Torture methods included beatings and electric shocks. The commission also documented two cases in which Russian soldiers were mistreated by Ukrainian units.

"Based on the evidence gathered, the commission concludes that war crimes in the Ukraine were committed," said Møse. The former President of the Rwanda Genocide Tribunal and his team plan to present their final report in March 2023.


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