“Based on the evidence collected by the Commission, it was concluded that war crimes were committed in Ukraine,” said the president of that body, Erik Mosesduring a first oral presentation that lists Russian bombing of civilian areas, numerous executions, torture and ill-treatment, and sexual violence.
The commission was launched last March by the United Nations Human Rights Council to investigate the complaints about the actions of the troops of Russia in Ukraine.
The council then passed a new resolution in May calling on the commission to specifically investigate Russia’s gross human rights violations in the Kyiv, Chernigov, Kharkiv Y Sumy.
During its investigations in those four regions, the UN commission visited 27 cities and towns and questioned more than 150 victims and witnessesErik Mose explained.
“We were shocked by the large number of executions in the regions we visited. The Commission is currently investigating such deaths in 16 cities and locations. We have received credible allegations concerning more numerous cases of executions, which we are documenting,” he said.
Common characteristics of the bodies found are visible signs of executions, such as hands tied behind their backs, bullet wounds to the head or cuts to the neck.