On war crimes in Ukraine, a shocking report by Amnesty International

The war in Ukraine – After a twelve-day investigation in Ukraine by collecting dozens of testimonies, the non-governmental Amnesty International confirmed: Russian forces committed war crimes in the Kyiv region, in particular in Bucha and Borodianka.

In a report entitled “Won’t come back.” War crimes in the northwest of Kyiv OblastAnd On Friday, May 6, the NGO published reports of “unlawful air strikes” and “extrajudicial executions” targeting civilians. “We have met people whose loved ones were killed in horrific attacks and whose lives were forever changed by the Russian invasion,” said Amnesty International’s Secretary General, Agnes Callamard, while presenting the report.

The NGO has collected 45 testimonies about the so-called unlawful killings committed by Russian forces. 39 others related to “air strikes targeting eight residential buildings.”

In Bucha, where bodies were discovered in the streets on April 1, and in other districts northwest of Kyiv, the NGO says it has included “22 cases of unlawful killings committed by Russian forces” as part of most of them “obvious extrajudicial executions”.

Evin Petrashenko “was shot in the back, [près de ses] lungs and [son] His wife, Tatiana, told the NGO. His body remained in the apartment until March 10, when we were able to bury him in a shallow grave in the courtyard. Her husband, who was murdered on March 4 according to her testimony, was found in the kitchen of their apartment.

AI researchers at the site found “7N12 armor-piercing bullets of 9×39 mm caliber, which can only be used with specialized weapons used by some elite Russian units, in particular those allegedly deployed in Bucha at this time.”

Blind and disproportionate attacks

The Russian soldiers are also accused of targeting the vehicles of fleeing civilians. “When our car crashed into a group of trees, I heard gunfire, first, then an explosion,” explains Olese Sychevki, whose wife and father Oleksandr were killed while driving. Her father was killed instantly by a bullet to the head and her partner was wounded by shrapnel.

On the other hand, in Burundonka, Russian forces were accused of carrying out “blind and disproportionate attacks”, which led to the deaths of “at least 40 civilians”. The report’s authors noted that “most of the victims were killed in the basements of the buildings in which they sought refuge. Other people died in their apartment.”

Vasyl Yaroshenko describes: “When I got to the garage, about 150 meters from the building, there was a huge explosion. I bent down behind the garage. When I looked, I saw a big hole in the building. The entire middle part of the building collapsed, in the exact place he took refuge. Residents downstairs His wife Halima was killed in the attack on the building where they had lived for forty years.

According to Amnesty International, “There were no Ukrainian military targets in or near the buildings that were bombed, although there were reports of armed individuals supporting Ukrainian forces sometimes firing from some nearby buildings or locations. They passed military vehicles.” These bombings constitute an additional “war crime” for NGOs that want to prosecute the perpetrators and their sponsors.

Last week, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office indicted Irina Venediktova’s first 10 Russian soldiers for “cruel treatment” and threats to kill civilians in Bucha. According to her, “more than 8000 cases” of alleged war crimes were recorded throughout Ukraine.

The NGO also reported that relatives of the victims regretted the way the remains were treated. They regret the “chaotic management” and mistakes in identifying the bodies.

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