The EU presidency wants a war crimes tribunal

About 450 graves were discovered on the outskirts of Izyum, a city that was recently liberated from Ukraine. Some of the excavated bodies show signs of torture.

The Czech EU Presidency on Saturday (September 17) called for the creation of a special international tribunal following the discovery of hundreds of bodies near Izyum, a town retaken from the Russians in eastern Ukraine. , where the fight continues.

In the 21st century, such attacks against the civilian population are unthinkable and heinous.said 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 with signs of brutal death and tortureburied in a tree outside Izyum.

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

The announcement of this terrible discovery has generated a new wave of anger in the West, more than five months after the discovery of many abuses in Russia, especially in the locality of Boutcha.

“The world must respond”

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

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

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to face international justice for war crimes.

US 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 fight continues

On the ground, where the Ukrainian forces, equipped by the West, captured thousands of square kilometers thanks to a counter-offensive in the North-East, fighting and bombing continued. In Kupyansk, recaptured last week by Ukrainian forces, clashes continue with the Russian army entrenched on the eastern 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 areas of Ukraine“.

A “pumped” thermal power plant

It used to be a thermal power plantbombarded by the Russian invaders“Saturday, September 17 in Mykolaivka, said Pavlo Kyrylenko, the governor of the Donetsk region in Telegram, which led to fires and cuts in drinking water.”The invaders deliberately targeted the infrastructure in the area to try to inflict as much damage as possible, especially on the civilian population.»

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

The Russian army, which has denied targeting civilian infrastructure or residential areas, claimed to have carried out strikes on “high precisionagainst Ukrainian positions in Mykolaiv and Kharkiv regions.

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