Russian War Crimes in Eastern Ukraine in 2014

“When they brought me to the cellar I saw three dead male bodies. One was in a sitting position by the wall. Two others were young, one lying on his stomach, the other on his back. Their throats were cut and they were naked. The blood from their throats was dripping into the sewage drains in the floor”

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Summary This Report describes war crimes within the meaning of international law committed in eastern and southern Ukraine by soldiers and officials of the Russian Federation and by the proRussian separatist fighters. The crimes documented herein include unlawful deprivation of freedom, physical and mental tortures, robbery and murders. Chapters 1 through 3 are of an introductory nature. They describe the methodology used by the authors of the Report and present the circumstances in which the subsequently detailed crimes were committed. The locations and types of the crimes that were committed as well as their perpetrators are described in chapter 4. The authors discuss only those crimes they were testified to by the victims during the field research. More than 60 interviews were gathered in the course of collecting the materials for this Report. Each action described in chapter 4 is confirmed by a direct quote from the testimony of one or more victims. Chapter 4 is divided into subchapters that correspond to each of the venues where war crimes have been committed, as identified by the authors of the Report. Most of those venues are in eastern Ukraine, one in Crimea and one in the territory of the Russian Federation, where the Russian army brought Ukrainian prisoners of war. Chapter 5 is a catalogue of perpetrators of the crimes who were mentioned in the testimonies of the victims, including a short overview and references to the description of the venues where the crimes were being committed, and pictures. The victims are not mentioned by name but by an assigned “C” (case) code names and numbers. Any personal data that could be used to identify the victims indirectly such as, for example, pictures, have been included only if a specific victim consented to the disclosure of his or her identity and spoke freely in the media. The documentary evidence described in the Report will be submitted to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

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