Russia has charged 92 members of Ukraine’s navy excessive command with crimes in opposition to humanity, in accordance with Alexander Bastrykin, head of Russia’s Investigative Committee.
In complete, Moscow has opened greater than 1,300 felony instances in opposition to Ukraine’s navy and political management, Bastrykin mentioned in an interview with the federal government information web site Rossiyskaya Gazeta printed on Monday. He didn’t identify any of the defendants.
CNN has not independently verified Bastrykin’s claims.
“In the middle of the preliminary investigation, greater than 220 folks have been recognized as being concerned in crimes in opposition to the peace and safety of humanity that should not have a statute of limitations, together with representatives of the excessive command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, comparable to in addition to commanders of navy items who fired on civilians,” Bastrykin instructed Rossiyskaya Gazeta.
“A complete of 92 commanders and their subordinates have been charged. 96 folks have been included within the wished record, specifically 51 commanders of the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” he mentioned.
The top of the Investigative Committee additionally steered making a separate worldwide court docket for crimes in Ukraine.
“Contemplating the place of the ‘Collective West’, which brazenly sponsors Ukrainian nationalism and helps the Kyiv regime, the creation of such a court docket beneath the auspices of the UN within the present perspective is extraordinarily uncertain,” he mentioned.
“The institution of the court docket and its statute may very well be formalized by an settlement between Russia, the member international locations of those organizations, the Donetsk and Luhansk Folks’s Republics.”
Some background: Bastrykin’s claims come as Ukraine is investigating greater than 20,000 warfare crimes, in accordance with now-former Ukrainian Prosecutor Common Iryna Venediktova.
Venediktova had beforehand mentioned that Ukraine has recognized greater than 600 Russian warfare crimes suspects and has began to prosecute about 80 of them. Two Russian troopers have already been convicted beneath Ukrainian felony regulation.
Earlier this month, prosecutors from Ukraine and the Worldwide Felony Courtroom (ICC) met in The Hague to share their expertise in investigating international warfare crimes and apply it to the atrocities dedicated in Ukraine.
ICC Chief Prosecutor Karim Khan referred to as Ukraine a “crime scene” after visiting the Ukrainian cities of Bucha and Borodianka in April, the place mass graves and civilians killed following the Russian withdrawal have been found.