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A group of UN investigators tasked with reviewing Ukraine’s suspected war crimes announced On Friday they found widespread evidence of Russian atrocities against both military and civilian targets, marking the latest investigation to claim evidence of Russian crimes.

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Eric Mosse, head of the UN’s independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine, told UN Human Rights Council investigators that a review of “destruction, graves, places of detention and torture as well as weapons remains” to determine war crimes done.

Investigators documented several cases of torture and unlawful confinement, in which some prisoners were taken to Russia, where they were beaten, electrocuted, and experienced forced nudity.

Mosse said investigators had found evidence of such killings in 16 settlements, particularly “in the areas where we visited” a large number of executions.

According to investigators, several bodies in those cities showed “obvious signs of death,” including hands tied behind their backs, gunshot wounds to the head and slit throats.

Evidence of sexual and gender-based violence has also been found among victims, aged between 4 and 82 years.

According to investigators, Russian attacks routinely do not distinguish between civilian and military targets, including cluster weapons attacks in populated areas.

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"The commission has documented cases in which children have been raped, tortured and unlawfully imprisoned," Mosse said. "Children have also been killed and injured in indiscriminate attacks with explosive weapons."


Mosse said two examples of "ill-behavior" of Russian soldiers by Ukrainian forces have been found, but Ukrainian crimes are considered "few in number".

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Groups such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have also found significant evidence of Russian war crimes in Ukraine, while Ukrainian authorities claim to have documented more than 30,000 cases of torture. Attention to alleged Russian war crimes has increased recently, following the discovery of mass graves containing hundreds of bodies in a forest near Izium, a major city in the Kharkiv region, recaptured by Ukrainian forces earlier this month. There are also growing concerns that Russia plans to significantly increase the scale of the conflict. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Wednesday that he is calling on 300,000 reservists in Ukraine to serve as reinforcements, and the threat of using nuclear weapons appears to float, warning that "those who give us nuclear Those trying to blackmail with weapons should know that the wind may turn in their direction."

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