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Children were raped and tortured in Ukraine, claims shocking war crimes report

Sep 24, 2022 | News, Ukraine, Featured

Vladimir Putin's Russian soldiers raped and tortured children, the report claims (Image: GETTY)

Ciaran Mcgrath

Since Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine, there have been multiple accusations of atrocities committed by his soldiers – and today's sickening report provides horrifying new evidence.

War crimes including the rape and torture of children have been committed in Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine since the start of Vladimir Putin’s war, the head of a United Nations-mandated investigation body said on Friday. Ukraine and its Western allies accuse Russian soldiers of a litany of rights abuses since the February 24 invasion, although Moscow dismisses the allegations as a smear campaign.

Erik Mose, who heads the Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine, told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva: “Based on the evidence gathered by the Commission, it has concluded that war crimes have been committed in Ukraine.”

He did not specify who was to blame – but the commission has focused on areas previously occupied by Russian forces including Kyiv, Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Sumy.

Commission investigators, which was created by the UNHRC in March, visited 27 places and interviewed more than 150 victims and witnesses.

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