Russian Attacks on Ukraine’s Energy Infrastructure Could Be Crimes Against Humanity | ukraine news
Russian attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure could constitute crimes against humanity.
The relevant statement was made by the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine (UN Commission), reports a correspondent of Ukrinform.
“The Commission appreciates the access and written responses to its questions received from Ukrainian officials. He regrets that his attempts to establish serious communication with the Russian Federation have failed, as his notes verbales and letters have gone unanswered. A Russian government institution forwarded documents to the Commission, which reviewed them,” the report said.
According to the UN Commission, Russian authorities have committed a wide range of violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law in various parts of Ukraine, many of which amount to war crimes, including attacks on civilians and energy-related infrastructure, intentional homicides, forcible confinement, torture, rape and other sexual violence, as well as the illegal transfers and deportations of children.
The Russian armed forces carried out attacks with explosive weapons in populated areas with apparent disregard for the damage and suffering of civilians, failing to take the necessary precautions. The attacks were indiscriminate and disproportionate, in violation of international humanitarian law.
Moreover, the waves of attacks by the Russian armed forces against Ukraine’s energy infrastructure from October 10, 2022 could constitute crimes against humanity.
The UN Commission has found reasonable grounds to conclude that the invasion and attacks by Russian armed forces against the territory and armed forces of Ukraine qualify as acts of aggression against Ukraine.
For the report, the UN Commission visited 56 localities and interviewed 348 women and 247 men. Its investigators inspected destruction sites, graves, places of detention and torture, as well as the remains of weapons, and consulted a large number of documents and reports.
In all the cases examined, the UN Commission sought to identify the individual perpetrators of violations and crimes, the units deployed in the areas concerned and their chain of command. The UN Commission has drawn up a separate list of identified perpetrators and military units responsible for crimes and violations. The list itself was not included in the report.