Ukraine has begun prosecuting about 80 Russian war crimes suspects, Kyiv’s top prosecutor said.
Ukraine has identified more than 600 Russian war crimes suspects and has begun prosecuting about 80 of them, Kyiv’s top prosecutor said.
At a news conference in The Hague on Tuesday, Attorney General Iryna Venediktova said the list of suspects included “high-ranking Russian military, politicians and propagandists” during a meeting with counterparts from other countries.
She added that “every day there are 200 to 300 new war crimes cases”.
Venediktova said Estonia, Latvia and Slovakia have decided to join Ukraine’s international investigation team, which was initially set up in March by Ukraine, Lithuania and Poland to exchange information and investigate alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity.
They are working with the International Criminal Court (ICC), which Investigate possible war crimes in Ukraine in early March.
ICC prosecutor Karim Khan’s office has Deployed a team of 42 investigatorsOn Tuesday, forensic experts and support staff from Ukraine and Khan said the ICC was “working to open an office in Kyiv” to support the investigation.
Venediktova said international support was vital to Ukraine’s efforts to investigate all possible war crimes.
“We should collect and protect everything in the right way. This should be admissible evidence in any court,” prosecutors said.
Russia has denied targeting civilians or participating in war crimes while conducting what it called a “special military operation” in Ukraine.
Venediktova said Ukraine has identified thousands of suspected war crimes in the eastern Donbas region, where Russian forces are putting pressure on it.
“If we’re talking about war crimes, it’s the possible transfer of people, and we started several cases about the possible transfer of children, adults to different parts of the Russian Federation,” she said.
“Then, of course, we can talk about torturing people, killing civilians and destroying civilian infrastructure.”
Venediktova told a news conference at the headquarters of the European Union’s judicial body Eurojust that Ukrainian authorities had no access to Russian-held areas in the Donbass, eastern Ukraine, but they were interviewing evacuees and prisoners of war.
At Eurojust, evidence and witness statements will now be stored in a central database and made available to all members of the team.
A total of 15,000 war crimes cases have been identified nationwide in Ukraine since then February 24 Russian invasionVenediktova said.