The Czech Republic demands a special court after the discovery of graves


After the discovery of graves outside the Ukrainian city of Izjum, the Czech Republic demands that an international special court be established as soon as possible.

This is what the Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jan Lipavsky, says.

“Russia has left behind mass graves with hundreds of people who have been shot and tortured. In the 21st century, such attacks against the civilian population are unthinkable and abhorrent,” he writes on Twitter.

“We must not ignore it. We are in favor of punishing all war criminals’.

The Czech Republic holds the presidency of the EU this six months.

In eastern Ukraine, graves containing the bodies of at least 440 people have been found in the forests outside the city of Izjum.

The gruesome discovery was made after Ukrainian forces recaptured the area. It has been under Russian control for months.

It is not yet clear how the people buried in the forests outside Izjum died.

But Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a speech on Friday night that many of them bear signs of torture.

Photos from the scene have shown that several bodies had their hands tied behind their backs.

The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has said that the graves are probably yet more evidence that Russia is committing war crimes in Ukraine.

The UN in Geneva has said it hopes to send experts to Izjum to help clarify the circumstances surrounding the hundreds of dead.

On Thursday, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said she wants Russian President Vladimir Putin to be brought before the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes committed by Russian forces in Ukraine.


Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.

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