An initial report from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation and Europe (OSCE) has warned that they have found evidence on war crimes in Ukraine committed by Russian forces.
They said that there has also evidence that Ukraine has committed “violations” in their treatment of prisoners of war (POW) however the Russia’s violations are on a “far larger in nature and scale” than that of the Ukraine.
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The OSCE found that Russian missile attack on the maternity hospital in Mariupol on 9 March was a war crime.
The bomb attacks on Mariupol’s drama theatre on 16 March where around 300 innocent women, children and the elderly were killed was also a war crime committed by Russian forces.
The initial report states, “The Mission is not able to conclude whether the Russian attack on Ukraine per se may qualify as a widespread or systematic attack directed against a civilian population.
“It however holds that some patterns of violent acts violating IHRL [international human rights law], which have been repeatedly documented in the course of the conflict, such as targeted killing, enforced disappearance or abductions of civilians … are likely to meet this qualification.
“Any single violent act of this type, committed as part of such an attack and with the knowledge of it, would then constitute a crime against humanity.”
The war crimes mission was set up last month by 45 of the OSCE’s 57 participating countries to investigate war crimes.
“The mission found clear patterns of IHL (international humanitarian law) violations by the Russian forces,” the report said, then cited failures to take necessary precautions, act proportionately or spare sites like schools and hospitals.
Russia has stuck with their Deny, deny, deny as they claim they have not committed any war crimes in Ukraine.