Ukraine documented 1,200 war crimes in the kyiv region alone

Bodies of charred civilians in Bucha (Reuters)

only in the Kyiv regionincluding the country’s capital, Ukrainian security agents have already documented and recorded more than 1,200 acts considered war crimes attributed to the RussiansUkraine’s Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky said on Tuesday.

“In the kyiv region alone we have registered more than 1,200 cases of war crimes. It is about looting and crimes committed by orcs (as some Ukrainians call the Russians) on our territories”, denounced the minister on local television channels, the agency publishes ukrinform.

Referring to the alleged crimes of the Russian troops recorded in the territories already liberated by the Ukrainian army, Monastyrsky noted that “investigators from the National Police, the Security Service and the Prosecutor’s Office are already working together to establish, record evidence and identify who could have committed these crimes.

(Photo: Franco Fafasuli)
(Photo: Franco Fafasuli) (Franco Fafasuli/)

“All those (Russians) who have been taken prisoner are identified and made available to the Security Service of Ukraine and the military authorities for law enforcement”he underlined.

Once this procedure is finished “They will be transferred to the Ministry of Justice -he specified-, where they will go to court and may be questioned.”

As previously announced by the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister, Iryna VereshchukUkraine keeps on its territory 600 Russian prisoners captured since the invasion of his country by the Russian Army began on February 24,

“When we talk about the total number (of military prisoners), there are around 600 now. We have to build a special camp in accordance with international law.” to accommodate them, Vereshchuk said during the broadcast of the so-called telethon, a television program jointly broadcast by local stations.

A Ukrainian soldier on a captured Russian tank (REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File)
A Ukrainian soldier on a captured Russian tank (REUTERS / Thomas Peter / file) (THOMAS PETER /)

Suspicions that the Russian Army has committed war crimes in Ukraine have increased after the discovery of hundreds of dead civilianssome of them handcuffed and previously tortured, in cities like Buchaafter the withdrawal of Russian troops.

The kyiv government, various NGOs and international institutions have called for carry out an investigation to document these possible war crimes that Russia has denied and attributes to “a set-up”.

(Photo: Franco Fafasuli)
(Photo: Franco Fafasuli) (Franco Fafasuli/)

UN: Bucha footage suggests deliberate killings of civilians

This Tuesday, the UN Office for Human Rights said that the images of the alleged massacre in Bucha “seem to suggest” that civilians were deliberately killed theresomething that would constitute a war crime.

“We are trying to access Bucha, we do not have direct information, but what we have seen is alarming”, said office spokeswoman Liz Throssell at a press conference.

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The lifeless body of a man with his hands tied behind his back lies on the ground in Bucha, Ukraine, Sunday, April 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) (VADIM GHIRDA/)

He underlined that the images in which bodies appeared with their hands tied or burned could indicate that the aggressors were deliberately looking for these victims, which could raise the seriousness of the human rights violations committed during the Russian invasion of Ukraine, if the facts are confirmed.

“Last week, High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet already spoke of possible war crimes in the context of bombing civilian infrastructure, but this appears to be a direct assassination of civilians”, stressed the spokeswoman, who clarified that the veracity of the images still needs to be verified.

“In specific incidents, forensic analysis, monitoring and information gathering are needed to determine who did what,” Throssell stressed, stating that on many occasions accountability “takes time”.

(With information from EFE)

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