EU presidency wants war crimes tribunal

EU presidency wants war crimes tribunal

About 450 tombs were discovered on the outskirts of Izyum, a city recently liberated by Ukraine. Some of the exhumed bodies showed signs of torture.

The Czech EU Presidency on Saturday (September 17) called for the creation of a special international tribunal after the discovery of hundreds of bodies nearIzyuma town recaptured from the Russians in eastern Ukraine, where fighting continues.

In the 21st century, such attacks against the civilian population are unthinkable and heinoussaid Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, on Twitter. “I call for the rapid establishment of a special international tribunal“.

Ukrainian authorities reported on Friday that “450 bodies of civilians bearing traces of violent death and torture» buried in a wood on the outskirts of Izyum.

Ukrainian human rights officer Dmytro Loubinets spoke of “probably more than 1000 Ukrainian citizens tortured and killed in the liberated territories“, and the head of the Ukrainian police, Igor Klymenko, reported the discovery of 10 “torture rooms“. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky denounced the crimes of an army of “torturers“.

The announcement of this macabre discovery raised a new wave of indignation in the West, just over five months after the discovery of numerous Russian abuses, particularly in the locality of Butcha.

“The world must react”

The world must react to all this. Russia repeated in Izyum what it had done in Bucha“said President Zelensky in a video message. The UN dispatched a team to the scene to join the Ukrainian investigation.

The United States and the European Union have expressed their outrage, holding the Russian leadership responsible, which will have to “accountable“, assured the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has called for Russian President Vladimir Putin to appear before international justice for war crimes.

The American President Joe Biden for his part once again warned his Russian counterpart against the use of chemical or nuclear weapons in Ukraine.

On the ground, the fighting continues

On the ground, where the Ukrainian forces, armed by the West, have taken over thousands of square kilometers thanks to a counter-offensive in the North-East, fighting and bombardments continue. In Kupyansk, recaptured last week by Ukrainian forces, clashes continue with the Russian army entrenched on the east side of the Oskil River.

According to a statement from the General Staff of the Ukrainian forces,the enemy carried out during the day four missile strikes and 15 air strikes, as well as more than 20 multiple rocket launcher strikes on civilian and military sites in Ukraine“.

A “bombarded” thermal power plant

A thermal power plant wasbombed by Russian invaders“Saturday, September 17 in Mykolaivka, said Pavlo Kyrylenko, the governor of the Donetsk region on Telegram, leading to fires and cuts in drinking water. “The occupiers deliberately target infrastructure in the area to try to inflict as much damage as possible, primarily on the civilian population.»

In the neighboring region of Dnipropetrovsk, “the Russians fired all night at the Nikopol district with Grads, multiple rocket launchers, and heavy artillery“Said local governor Valentin Reznitchenko, indicating that there were no victims, but significant material damage.

The Russian army, which denies targeting civilian infrastructure or residential areas, claims to have carried out strikes of “high accuracyagainst Ukrainian positions in the Mykolaiv and Kharkiv regions.

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