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Friday, September 23, 2022

The United Nations said on Friday that its investigators have found evidence of war crimes committed by Russian forces in Ukraine. "Based on the evidence gathered by the Commission, it has concluded that war crimes have been committed in Ukraine," the Commission of Inquiry chief told the UN Human Rights Council. "We were struck by the large number of executions in the areas that we visited.



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The UN investigators spoke with over 150 victims and witnesses and visited 27 towns and settlements where they also investigated graves as well as detention and torture centers.

The team also looked into two cases of mistreatment of Russians by Ukrainian soldiers.

The commission's report highlighted several areas where Russian activities had been particularly harmful, including general, indiscriminate attacks on civilian areas, executions, torture and sexual and gender-based violence.

The commission reported that Russia's "use of explosive weapons with wide area effects in populated areas is a source of immense harm and suffering for civilians" and that a number of attacks "had been carried out without distinguishing between civilians and combatants," including with the use of "cluster munitions or multi-launch rocket systems and airstrikes in populated areas."

The statement cited 16 towns and settlements where there are ongoing investigations into executions, with "credible allegations" of many more cases.

There were "consistent accounts of ill-treatment and torture" from Ukrainian victims, some of whom said they had been moved to detention centers in Russia where they had been held for weeks. Some victims have reportedly disappeared.

The commission also presented testimonies of beatings, electric shocks and forced nudity by former detainees in Russian detention centers.

Commission chairman Mose also said they had found evidence of an unspecified number of Russian soldiers who had committed crimes of sexual or gender-based violence. Their victims' ages ranged from 4 to 82 years old.

What the good is the UN for if given these findings the actual civilized members cannot use the body to either force Russia to cease their atrocities or face peacekeeping forces from the combined UN nations to stop them?

I guess "never again" simply means "well, what do you expect ME to do(?)" yet again.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2022-09-23 08:59 AM | Reply

Russia joins the USA in not being punished for war crimes during completely unjustified wars.

#2 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2022-09-23 11:46 AM | Reply

World opinion shifts against Russia as Ukraine worries grow

...The tide of international opinion appears to be decisively shifting against Russia, as a number of non-aligned countries are joining the United States and its allies in condemning Moscow's war in Ukraine and its threats to the principles of the international rules-based order.

Western officials have repeatedly said that Russia has become isolated since invading Ukraine in February. Until recently, though, that was largely wishful thinking. But on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, much of the international community spoke out against the conflict in a rare display of unity at the often fractured United Nations.

The tide had already appeared to be turning against Russian President Vladimir Putin even before Thursday's U.N. speeches. Chinese and Indian leaders had been critical of the war at a high-level summit last week in Uzbekistan. And then the U.N. General Assembly disregarded Russia's objections and voted overwhelmingly to allow Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to be the only leader to address the body remotely, instead of requiring him to appear in person.

That shift against Russia accelerated after Putin on Wednesday announced the mobilization of some additional 300,000 troops to Ukraine, signaling the unlikelihood of a quick end to the war. Putin also suggested that nuclear weapons may be an option. That followed an announcement of Russia's intention to hold referendums in several occupied Ukrainian regions on whether they will become part of Russia....

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-09-23 12:16 PM | Reply

Cripes sake UN-remove Russia from the security counsel unless he stops the war. Take action for a change.

#4 | Posted by Yodagirl at 2022-09-23 12:17 PM | Reply

Putin doesn't seem to realize: no matter how this ends, he will either be killed by his own staff or face international war crimes tribunal. Not a good outlook, either way.

#5 | Posted by e1g1 at 2022-09-23 12:34 PM | Reply

Cripes sake UN-remove Russia from the security counsel unless he stops the war. Take action for a change.

Hell, Iran headed the UN council on Human rights, lol

You really think they are going to do anything? The U.N. is toothless and feckless. They are useless. The only thing that does anything is force.

#6 | Posted by boaz at 2022-09-23 01:17 PM | Reply

Has W. Bush been put before a tribunal?

If the Russians win Putin will not face anything. If they eke out a negotiated settlement probably little will happen either.

If they lose but Russia stays intact it could go either way.

If they lose Big.

Putin is toast,Quaddafi style.

"Justice" is determined by the victors.

Bush should have hanged for Iraq.

#7 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2022-09-23 09:45 PM | Reply

""Ukraine is bearing the costs of western unwillingness to let Russia find it's own way."

Him having nothing to lose makes him more dangerous. We need to kill anyone that threatens to use nukes.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2022-09-25 07:33 AM | Reply

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