The UN’s highest human rights body appointed a team of experts to investigate human rights violations in Ukraine. On September 23, 2022, it became known that their initial investigation revealed evidence of war crimes by Russia following its invasion of Ukraine.
It is noted that the Commission to investigate the situation in Ukraine, authorized by the UN Human Rights Council, has currently focused on collecting data in four regions – Kyiv, Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Sumy.
The UN experts presented their findings, citing testimony from former prisoners regarding beatings, electric shocks, and forced underclothing in Russian detention centres. They expressed serious concern about the executions taking place in four regions of Ukraine, mentioned above.
“We were struck by the large number of executions in the areas that we visited. The commission is currently investigating such deaths in 16 towns and settlements.”
Investigative commissions visited 27 cities and towns, interviewed more than 150 victims and witnesses and met with advocacy groups and government officials.
“Based on the evidence gathered by the commission, it has concluded that war crimes have been committed in Ukraine.”
The UN experts also documented the commission of crimes of sexual or gender-based violence by Russian servicemen, whose victims were between 4 and 82 years old.