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UN human rights experts cite signs of war crimes in Ukraine

GENEVA (AP) — A team of experts commissioned by the UN’s top human rights body to investigate human rights violations in Ukraine said Friday its initial investigation turned up evidence of war crimes in the country after the invasion of russia almost seven months ago.

Experts from the Commission of Inquiry into Ukraine, commissioned by the Human Rights Council earlier this year, have so far focused on four regions: Kyiv, Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Sumy.

In presenting their most extensive findings to date, they cited testimonies from former detainees about beatings, electric shocks and forced nudity in Russian detention centers, and expressed serious concerns about executions in the four regions.

“We were struck by the large number of executions in the areas we visited. The commission is currently investigating these types of deaths in 16 towns and settlements,” said Erik Mose, chairman of the commission, without specifying who or what party to the war allegedly carried out the killings.

He told members of the Human Rights Council on Friday that his team had received and was documenting “credible allegations of many more cases of executions.”

Anton Korynevych, Ambassador General of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, joined envoys from several Western countries who spoke out against Moscow’s war following the commission’s presentation. The Russian delegation boycotted the council meeting.

The commission’s investigators visited 27 towns and settlements, as well as pits and detention and torture centers; interviewed more than 150 victims and witnesses; and met with advocacy groups and government officials, Moses said.

“Based on the evidence gathered by the commission, it has concluded that they were crimes have been committed in Ukraine,” he said.

He said the team had examined two incidents of ill-treatment of Russian soldiers by Ukrainian forces.

Moses said an unspecified number of Russian soldiers were found to have committed crimes of sexual or gender-based violence, with victims ranging in age from 4 to 82.

The Commission plans to gradually expand its investigation, with areas of interest including allegations of filter camps for detained or deported persons, the forcible transfer of persons, and allegations of expedited adoption of children.

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