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Russian investigator reports 92 Ukrainians have been charged

BBC- According to the head of Russia’s investigating commission, 92 members of the Ukrainian armed forces have been accused of crimes against humanity by Moscow.

Over 1,300 criminal investigations have started, according to Alexander Bastrykin, who spoke to the official daily Rossiiskaya Gazeta.

Additionally, he suggested a global court supported by Russia’s longtime allies Bolivia, Iran, and Syria.

Ukraine is also looking into possible war crimes.

Approximately 96 persons, including 51 military officers, are wanted in addition to the 92 who have already been charged by Russia, according to Mr. Bastrykin.

He told the newspaper that the Ukrainians had committed “crimes against the peace and security of humanity.”

Kyiv has not responded, and the BBC has been unable to confirm the assertions made in the interview.

However, Ukraine announced this month that it was looking into more than 21,000 war crimes and crimes of aggression that Russian forces are accused of committing since the invasion’s commencement in February.

Additionally, in May, a Russian tank commander was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a civilian in Ukraine’s first war crimes trial since the invasion started.

Ukraine has been designated as a “crime scene” by the International Criminal Court (ICC), which has also dispatched a team of investigators and forensics specialists there.

The Kremlin disputes the existence of any war crimes and the targeting of civilians. It frequently accuses Ukraine of launching missiles at its own infrastructure and killing its own civilians—accusations that are widely disputed by world leaders.

In response to a question about whether a UN-backed trial may occur, Mr. Bastrykin accused the West of openly supporting “Ukrainian nationalism” and said it was “very dubious” that such a thing could happen.

Moscow has frequently used the erroneous assertion that neo-Nazis had taken over Ukraine as justification for what it refers to as a “special military operation.”

Instead, Mr. Bastrykin suggested that a global tribunal be established including Bolivia, Syria, Iran, and other nations that “have an independent perspective on the Ukrainian issue.”

Bolivia abstained while Syria and Iran both voted against a UN resolution in March denouncing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Mr. Bastrykin claimed that investigations are ongoing into Ukrainian health ministry officials who he accused of creating weapons of mass destruction without presenting any supporting data, in addition to hundreds of Ukrainian military and political targets.

According to him, authorities are looking into possible mercenaries from the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, and Georgia.

In June, a Russian stand-in court in eastern Ukraine executed two Britons and a Moroccan who had been seized while defending Ukraine.

The families of the three Britons, Aiden Aslin, Shaun Pinner, and Brahim Saaudun, have stated that their loved ones are longtime Ukrainian military personnel despite the trio being accused of being mercenaries.

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