EU calls for war crimes tribunal after mass graves found in Ukraine Ukraine

EU President calls for an international tribunal for war crimes after new mass graves are found Ukraine,

“In the 21st century, such attacks against the civilian population are unimaginable and despicable,” said Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavski, who is the rotating president of the European Union.

“We must not ignore this. We all stand for the punishment of war criminals,” he added in a message on twitter, “I call for the early establishment of a special international tribunal that will prosecute the crime of aggression.”

The appeal comes after Ukrainian authorities discovered about 450 graves outside the formerly Russian-occupied city of Izium, Most exhumed bodies show signs of torture,

The head of Kharkiv’s regional administration, Oleg Sinegubov, said on social media: “99% of the bodies exhumed today showed signs of violent death.”

“There are several bodies with their hands tied behind their backs, and one man tied with a rope around his neck,” he said.

“Russia leaves only death and suffering. Assassins. Tortures,” said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. He added that some of the remains removed include children and people who were tortured before they died.

US Secretary of State, Antony BlinkThe U.S. said on Friday that graves are likely to provide more evidence that Russia is committing war crimes in its pro-Western neighbor.

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, joined in the condemnation, describing what had happened in Iseum as atrocity.

Macron tweeted: “I strongly condemn the atrocities committed by the Russian occupation in Izum, Ukraine.”

“Perhaps more than 1,000 Ukrainian citizens were tortured and killed in the liberated areas of the Kharkiv region”, said Dmitro Lubinets, the Ukrainian parliament’s human rights commissioner.

Ukraine’s national police chief, Igor Klymenko, said he had found several torture chambers in the city of Balaklia and elsewhere in Kharkiv after the Russians were driven out.

The United Nations in Geneva has said it hopes to send a team to determine the circumstances of the deaths.

A little more than five months after Russian forces were driven out of the vicinity of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, searches have left behind hundreds of corpses of civilians, many of them traces of torture and summary executions.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Friday that the EU is “deeply shocked” at the discovery by Ukrainian authorities of mass graves in the recaptured city of Izium.

“This inhumane treatment by Russian forces, in complete defiance of international humanitarian law and the Geneva Conventions, must be stopped immediately,” he said.

On Thursday, the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said she wants Russian President Vladimir Putin to face the International Criminal Court over war crimes in Ukraine.

In Washington, the US President, Joe Bidenwarned his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin against using chemical or tactical nuclear weapons after serious losses in his war in Ukraine.

“Don’t. Don’t. No,” Biden said in an excerpt from an interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes that aired Friday evening.

Biden was responding to an interviewer’s question about the prospect of Putin, whose military is taking heavy losses this month by resorting to chemical or tactical nuclear weapons in Ukrainian retaliation. “You will change the face of war unlike anything since World War II,” Biden said.

“They will become more angels in the world than ever before,” the US leader said.

Thanks to a counter-offensive in the northeast, Ukrainian forces have occupied thousands of square kilometers in recent weeks and now threaten enemy positions in the south.

The Russians are “angry because our forces are pushing them back in their counter-attack,” said Svitlana Shpuk, a 42-year-old activist in the southern city of Krivi Rih, and Zelensky’s hometown, which was filled after a dam Was destroyed by Russian missiles.

Synagoubov said an 11-year-old girl was killed when missiles fired into the area.

Pavlo Kirilenko, the governor of Donestk in eastern Ukraine, which has been partially controlled by Russian-backed separatists since 2014, said on social media that Ukrainian firefighters were battling the fires there and that the bombing had cut drinking water.

“The occupiers are deliberately targeting infrastructure in the area in an attempt to inflict as much damage as possible, primarily at the civilian population,” he said.

The Russian military denies targeting civilian infrastructure or residential areas.

At its daily briefing in Moscow, the Kremlin said it had carried out “high-precision” attacks against Ukrainian positions in the Mykolaiv and Kharkiv regions.

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