UN Commission arrives in Ukraine to investigate Russian war crimes

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KATERYNA TYSHCHENKO – SATURDAY, 11 JUNE 2022, 20:40

The UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine has arrived in Ukraine to investigate war crimes in the context of the Russian Federation aggression against Ukraine.

Source: Olena Kondratiuk, Deputy Head of Verkhovna Rada [Ukrainian parliament - ed.], on Facebook

Quote from Kondratiuk: "The UN Independent International Commission has arrived in Ukraine to investigate the crimes related to Russian aggression. Erik Møse is the head of the commission; Jasminka Džumhur and Pablo de Greiff are also members of the commission."

Details: Kondratiuk stated that the commission was created in order to record human rights violations, violations of international humanitarian law, and other crimes in the context of the aggression against Ukraine by the Russian Federation. The commission’s main goals are establishing a list of suspects, gathering evidence, and preparing relevant materials.

The members of the commission have noted that their task is to conduct an independent investigation of the violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law in Kyiv, Chernihiv, Kharkiv, and Sumy oblasts that took place in late February and early March 2022. The investigation will be conducted according to international standards.

The head of the commission said that commissioners will gather information about war crimes committed in Ukraine and in turn report it to the UN Human Rights Council; they will also deliver a report to the UN General Assembly at its 77th session.