UN experts conclude war crimes committed in Ukraine conflict

United Nations investigators have concluded that war crimes have been committed in the Ukraine conflict, listing Russian bombardment of civilian areas, executions, torture and

sexual violence. A team of three independent experts visited 27 towns and settlements, as well as graves and detention and torture centres in four regions – Kyiv,

Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Sumy. Their findings are based on interviews with more than 150 victims and witnesses. “Based on the evidence gathered by the commission, it has

concluded that war crimes have been committed in Ukraine,” Erik Mose, the head of the investigation team, told the UN Human Rights Council on Friday. The categorical nature

of the statement was unusual. UN investigators typically couch their findings on international crimes in conditional language, referring the final confirmation of war crimes and

similar violations to courts of law. The council was set up by the Commission of Inquiry (COI) – the highest possible level of investigation – in May to investigate crimes

following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February. Speaking a day before the seven-month anniversary of the war, Mose pointed to “the Russian Federation’s use of

explosive weapons with wide area effects in populated areas”, which he said was “a source of immense harm and suffering for civilians”. Mose highlighted that a number of

attacks the team had investigated “had been carried out without distinguishing between civilians and combatants”, including attacks with cluster munitions in populated areas.