Russian troops raped and tortured kids in Ukraine, carried out a “massive quantity” of executions and dedicated different battle crimes, in line with a United Nations investigation by authorized consultants.
Arrange by the UN to analyze the conduct of the battle, the Unbiased Worldwide Fee of Inquiry reported its chilling findings Friday in Geneva, describing a protracted listing of abuses and atrocities in 4 areas.
“Based mostly on the proof gathered by the fee, it has concluded that battle crimes have been dedicated in Ukraine,” Erik Mose, chairman of the three-member fee, informed the UN Human Rights Council.
Mose, a Norwegian decide, mentioned the fee has documented instances the place kids have been “raped, tortured and illegally confined.”
“There are examples of instances by which family had been pressured to witness the crimes,” he added. “Within the instances now we have investigated, the age of the victims of sexual and gender-based violence ranged from 4 to 82 years previous.”
Kids have additionally been killed and injured in “indiscriminate assaults” by Russian forces utilizing explosive weapons, he mentioned.
Mose mentioned he and his colleagues “had been shocked by the excessive variety of executions within the areas we visited.”
The fee is investigating executions in 16 cities and settlements and has “credible allegations about many extra instances of executions, which we’re documenting additional,” he mentioned.
The execution instances typically featured “prior detention of the victims, in addition to seen indicators of execution on the our bodies, reminiscent of arms tied behind their backs, gunshot wounds to the top, and throats slit,” in line with Mose.
For Ukrainians who had been illegally detained, witnesses “supplied us with constant accounts of mistreatment and torture,” he mentioned.
The fee’s replace follows different allegations of battle crimes by worldwide human rights teams, Western governments and Ukrainian authorities, together with the latest discovery of a mass burial website within the jap metropolis of Izyum.
The fee additionally discovered two instances of “ill-treatment in opposition to troopers of the Russian Federation by Ukrainian forces,” it mentioned. “Whereas few in quantity, these instances proceed to be the topic of our consideration.”
Specializing in the Kyiv, Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Sumy areas, the fee visited 27 cities and settlements and interviewed 150 victims and witnesses.
As his investigation continues, he’ll look at the forcible removing of individuals and the alleged expedited adoption of kids, Mose mentioned.
The US accused Russia of interrogating, detaining and forcibly deporting lots of of 1000’s of Ukrainians to Russia. An unknown variety of kids are believed to have been adopted by Russian households. The alleged deportations characterize a battle crime, violating the Geneva Conventions, US officers say.
Russia has denied committing battle crimes and defended its conduct of the battle since launching the invasion on February 24. Russian authorities say the Ukrainians who moved to Russia traveled there voluntarily.