UN continues to gather evidence of war crimes and human rights abuses committed by Russian authorities
Russian courts have condemned to prison sentences more than 200 Ukrainian fighters since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the foreign minister said Sergey Lavrov in an interview with the Russian state news agency RIA.
“Courts of the Russian Federation have already sentenced more than 200 members of Ukrainian armed forces to multi-year prison terms for committing atrocities,” stressed the head of Russian diplomacy.
Moscow and Kiev accuse each other of committing atrocities in the war which Russia began with its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
The United Nations continue to gather evidence of war crimes and human rights violations committed by the Russian authorities, including torture, rape, and the forced displacement of children.
In March, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin on charges of forcibly deporting Ukrainians to Russia. The Court emphasized that this constituted a war crime.
“In our pursuit of justice, the main result of the year is undoubtedly the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court for Putin,” Ukrainian Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin said in a statement yesterday.
“A historic decision and a clear message that no one can be above the law,” he noted.
Ukraine’s General Prosecutor’s Office has registered more than 121,000 Russian crimes of aggression and war crimes since the beginning of the Russian invasion.
The UN has also identified cases where Ukrainian authorities have committed human rights violations against people whom Kiev accuses of collaborating with Russian authorities.
Lavrov told RIA that Russia’s main investigative body, the Investigative Committee, has opened 4,000 criminal cases against about 900 Ukrainians.
“They include not only members of radical nationalist organizations, members of the Ukrainian security forces and mercenaries, but also officials of the military and political leadership of Ukraine,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
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