Sexual violence, torture and executions of both combatants and civilians. both adults and children. According to Eric Mosse, chairman of this tripartite commission, the UN fact-finding mission in Ukraine has concluded after visiting that country in June that war crimes were committed during their invasion of Russian-occupied territories. His appearance before the United Nations Human Rights Council.
“We were shocked by the large number of executions in the areas we visited,” said the Norwegian expert, who indicated that the mission investigates this type of murder in 16 Ukrainian cities, although it is not considered to be a crime of this type. reliable report. Many other places.. Moses did not attribute the atrocities to Russia, but his investigators worked in areas that were occupied by the Russians.
Many of these murders were committed on previously detained people, Moses said, noting that many of the dead had their hands tied behind their backs, head wounds and throat cuts, evidence of this. that they were summary executions.
The commission’s chairman also condemned that acts of sexual and sexual violence were committed against victims “between the ages of four and 82”, and in some cases their relatives were forced to observe that these people was abused or tortured.
The mission—also created by Colombian Pablo de Griff and Bosnian Jasminka Zumhur—documents “the rape, torture and illegal detention of children”, in some cases being murdered. .
Witnesses interviewed by the mission reported being subjected to beatings, electric shocks and forced nudity during illegal detention in some cases after being transported from Ukraine to Russian territory.
Some of the attacks we investigated were launched without distinction between civilians and fighters
The Norwegian expert also condemned the repeated use of explosive devices in non-military areas, which has affected residential areas, schools, hospitals and other infrastructure, killing nearly 6,000 civilians in seven, according to the United Nations Human Rights Office. has caused. months of struggle.
“Of the attacks we investigated, part of it was launched without distinction between civilians and combatants,” Mosse said, pointing to evidence of possible war crimes.
The findings are communicated by the mission for the first time since its creation by the Human Rights Council last March, and specifically cover acts carried out in February and March in the areas near Kyiv, Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Sumy during the occupation of Russian troops. has been recovered after. He visited 27 places and interviewed more than 150 victims and witnesses.
“The recent discovery of more mass graves (referring to the findings at Izium in the Kharkiv region) reflects the seriousness of the situation,” said the commission’s chairman, who indicated that the Ukrainian authorities cooperated with him in the investigation, while Russia did. So far he has refused to communicate with them.
Russia regularly denies intentionally targeting civilians during its “special military operation” in Ukraine and has said in the past that allegations of human rights violations as well as war crimes are part of a smear campaign.
Mosse clarified that the mission has collected two incidents of abuse of Russian soldiers by Ukrainian forces, a type of crime that “though they are small in number, will remain under our attention.”