Amnesty International: Russia must face justice for war crimes

Kyiv, UKRAINE (AP) — Amnesty International has documented a wide range of war crimes, including arbitrary executions, bombing of houses and torture, carried out by Russian forces in communities surrounding the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.

“The types of crimes we have documented by the Russian military include both illegal attacks and the deliberate killing of civilians,” Amnesty International Director-General Agnes Callamard said in a statement on Friday. “It’s important to bring all those responsible, including lineage, to trial,” she said.

The organization said it had collected evidence and testimony from eight cities near Kyiv, including Bucha. After the Russians withdrew from the carriage in April, many bodies were found lying on the streets and in cemeteries with their hands tied behind their backs. Kyiv Governor Oleksandr Pavlyuk said at least 1235 civilian bodies were found in the area.

According to AI’s report, the shooting at 43-year-old sales manager Yevhen Petrashenko’s Bucha was shot in the kitchen while his wife and children were hiding in the basement. The Russian military allowed his wife Tatiana to enter the apartment, where she found the body of her husband.

“Even was lying dead in the kitchen. He was shot in the back, (near him) lungs and liver. His body remained in the apartment until March 10, so we could bury him in a shallow grave in the courtyard,” the report quoted her.

A neighbor’s construction worker, 44-year-old Leonid Bodnarchuk, was shot and killed by Russian soldiers while climbing the stairs.

The report said the executions were carried out in the Bucha with special rifles used by some Russian elite units. At the scene of the murder, Amnesty International staff discovered a 7N12 armor-piercing shell with a 9x39mm black tip used by elite units of the Russian army.

The investigation also described the bombing of the city of Voroyanka, in which at least 40 people were killed in the indiscriminate bombing that destroyed eight residential buildings.

It quotes Borodyanka resident Vasyl Yaroshenko saying that he left the multi-storey house for a garage when a bomb hit the house.

According to the report, he said, “I saw a big gap in the building.” “Among those who died was his wife, Halina. I still see her at the door of her house, our apartment, where we lived for her 40 years.”

According to the report, researchers say they have found evidence documenting certain units of the Russian army involved, including training books owned by drivers of the 104th Regiment of the Paratroopers.

“We’ve met families where loved ones are killed in horrific attacks and lives are forever changed by a Russian invasion,” Callamard said. “We support their demand for justice and urge Ukrainian authorities, the International Criminal Court and other agencies to ensure that evidence to support future prosecutions of war crimes is preserved.”


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