Zelenskiy accuses Russia of torture, conflict crimes in recaptured northeast By Reuters


© Reuters. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks throughout an interview with Reuters, amid Russia’s assault on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine September 16, 2022. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

By Tom Balmforth

KYIV (Reuters) – President Volodymyr Zelenskiy accused Russia on Friday of torture and conflict crimes in Ukraine’s northeast and likened the aftermath within the recaptured areas to Russia’s withdrawal from close to Kyiv months in the past.

In an interview at his presidential workplace, he informed Reuters that many Ukrainians have been buried at websites within the northeast together with complete households and individuals who have been tortured.

“As of at the moment, there are 450 lifeless individuals, buried. However there are others, separate burials of many individuals. Tortured individuals. Whole households in sure territories,” he stated.

Requested if there was proof of conflict crimes, he stated: “All that is there. Investigative commissions with worldwide companions, joint investigative commissions,” he stated.

“There’s some proof, and assessments are being carried out, Ukrainian and worldwide, and this is essential for us, for the world to recognise this,” he stated.

The Kremlin didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon Zelenskiy’s allegations.

Russia frequently denies focusing on civilians throughout what it calls its “particular navy operation” in Ukraine and has stated previously that accusations of human rights abuses are a smear marketing campaign.

The governor of Kharkiv area, Oleh Synhubov, informed reporters on Friday at one of many burial websites within the metropolis of Izium that some our bodies exhumed there had been discovered with their fingers tied behind their backs.

Moscow has not commented on the mass burial web site in Izium, which was a Russian frontline stronghold earlier than Ukraine’s counter-offensive compelled its forces to flee.

NO EARLY END TO WAR

Zelenskiy, who visited Izium earlier this week, additionally reiterated throughout Friday’s interview his attraction for overseas powers to step up weapons provides to Ukraine, saying the end result of the conflict hinged on their swift supply.

He lauded Ukraine’s fast counter-offensive however stated it was too quickly to speak of the tide handing over a conflict now effectively into its seventh month.

“It is early to speak about an finish to this conflict. I feel its early,” he stated.

Talking in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated he had despatched his armed forces into Ukraine on Feb. 24 as a part of efforts to forestall what he stated have been Western efforts to “break up” Russia. He signalled that navy operations in Ukraine would proceed.

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