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The war in Ukraine – the investigation of crimes committed in Bucha, located on the outskirts of Kyiv, has reached a new stage. On his account on Telegram, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General announced that ten Russian soldiers were indicted on Thursday, April 28, with alleged war crimes, the day the United Nations Secretary-General visited the Kyiv suburb, which has become a symbol of the horrors of war.
This indictment is the first since AFP found 20 bodies of people in civilian clothes dumped on a street in Bucha on April 2, sparking outrage and an outcry around the world.
Selon le procureur, ces “dix soldats de la 64e brigade de fusiliers motorisés russe, appartenant à la 35e armée russe, ont été mis en en avec le traitement cruel exam de civils et d’autres violations de la loi et des coutumes the war”.
“The Russian army has inflicted civilian casualties”
The investigation notes that the Russian army, during its occupation of Bucha in March, “taken hostage civilians who did not take part in the fighting and were not armed.” “The occupants did not give them food or drink,” the prosecutor said in detail.
He continued, “The suspects forced them to kneel, blindfolded them with a piece of cloth and adhesive paper, tied their hands with plastic ties, and threatened to kill them by deliberately shooting in their direction.”
He also reported that he “to obtain information on the whereabouts of Ukrainian soldiers, and in one case without justification, the Russian military inflicted civilian casualties.” “They got punches, butts in the legs, toes and torso,” he said. The occupiers also looted the local population, confiscating their personal belongings and household equipment.”
The prosecution added that the ten men will be subjected to a search to arrest them and bring them to justice. Since the discovery of the bodies in Bucha, Ukraine has accused the Russians of war crimes, but Moscow denied all responsibility and spoke of the bodies “arranged” by Kyiv.
Ukraine, “crime scene”
During a visit to the outskirts of Kyiv, including Bucha, on Thursday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Moscow to cooperate with the ICC investigations. “When we see this terrible site, I see how important it is to have a full investigation and to establish responsibilities,” said Antonio Guterres.
Before returning to the Ukrainian leadership where he was scheduled to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky in the afternoon, António Guterres continued his visit to Irvine, where the fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces was particularly bloody.
There, in front of an apartment building partially destroyed by the bombing, he said, “Everyone should always remember one thing: in any war, it is always civilians who pay the highest price.”
In Borodianka, another district near Kyiv, Guterres, who is on his first visit to Ukraine since the beginning of the conflict, described the war as “the absurdity of the twenty-first century,” in front of destroyed homes. “I imagine my family in one of these destroyed and blackened houses now, I see my granddaughters running about [proie à la] Panic,” he fired, before adding that “no war is acceptable in the twenty-first century.”
The United Nations Secretary-General arrived in Ukraine on Wednesday evening after a visit to Russia on Tuesday. In Moscow, he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and called on Russia to work with the United Nations to allow civilians to be evacuated from bombed areas, particularly in eastern and southern Ukraine, where Russian forces are focusing their offensive.
On April 13, the British Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim Khan, visited Bucha and described Ukraine as a “crime scene”, and announced that a forensic team would work in Bucha. He has since clarified that his investigators will work with the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) set up in March by Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine with support from the European Union judicial cooperation agency Eurojust, to facilitate evidence collection.
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