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A UN group of experts says their investigation found evidence that war crimes were committed during the Russian war in Ukraine, including cases of rape and torture of children.

“In the cases we investigated, the ages of victims of sexual and gender-based violence ranged from four to 82 years,” Erik Møse, chairman of the Commission of Inquiry into Ukraine, told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. . “The Commission has documented cases in which children have been raped, tortured and illegally confined. Children have also been killed and injured in indiscriminate attacks with explosive weapons.”

The jury claimed to have identified two incidents of mistreatment of Russian soldiers in Ukrainian captivity.

The three human rights experts of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry into Ukraine traveled to Kiev, Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Sumy, visiting 27 cities and interviewing more than 150 people.

Speaking on Thursday at the UN Security Council, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov dismissed the “growing activity of international justice”, calling it “undoubtedly a deceptive job”.

The Commission said that “some soldiers of the Russian Federation” were responsible for sexual and gender-based violence.

“These acts were different types of rights violations, including sexual violence, torture and cruel and inhumane treatment. There are examples of cases where relatives have been forced to testify to crimes, “she added.

Møse also noted that a series of attacks investigated by the jury “had been carried out without distinguishing between civilians and combatants, including attacks with cluster munitions and air strikes on populated areas”.

Commission members “were impressed by the large number of executions in the areas we visited,” added Møse.

“Common elements of such crimes include the preventive detention of victims, as well as visible signs of executions on the bodies, such as hands tied behind the back, gunshot wounds to the head and slit throats,” he said. “Some of the victims reported that after the initial detention by Russian forces in Ukraine, they were transferred to the Russian Federation and held for weeks in prison. The interlocutors described beatings, electric shocks and forced nudity, as well as other types of violations in these detention facilities ”.