Calls for war-crimes tribunal grow over Russia’s actions in Izyum

By | September 18, 2022

Politico reports:

The foreign minister of the Czech Republic, current holder of the presidency of the Council of the EU, called for a “special international tribunal” after evidence of torture on civilians emerged from a mass burial site in Izyum in northeastern Ukraine.

“Russia left behind mass graves of hundreds of shot and tortured people in the Izyum area. In the 21st century, such attacks against the civilian population are unthinkable and abhorrent,” Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský wrote in a Twitter thread on Saturday. “We stand for the punishment of all war criminals. I call for the speedy establishment of a special international tribunal that will prosecute the crime of aggression,” he said.

He joins a growing chorus of calls for accountability for the killings that have emerged as Russian forces have pulled back from territory in Ukraine. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said: “We stand with Ukraine in pursuing accountability for these crimes.”

Ukraine’s ambassador to the U.S. on Sunday said Kyiv has uncovered evidence of “war crimes of massive proportions.” [Continue reading…]

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