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“Book of the executioners”: murders, rapes, looting … Ukraine wants to identify Russia’s war crimes


Volodymyr Zelensky announced on Tuesday the creation of a Book of Executioners, the purpose of which is to identify concrete evidence of the abuses committed by the Russian occupier in Ukraine.

Ukraine is developing a “Book of Executioners”, a system to collect evidence of war crimes which Kyiv claims were committed during the Russian occupation, Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky said on Tuesday (June 7th).

Ukrainian prosecutors say they have registered more than 12,000 alleged war crimes involving more than 600 suspects since the Russian offensive began on February 24.

Confirm data on war criminals

“Next week a special publication will be launched – “The Book of Executioners” – an information system for collecting confirmation of data on war criminals, criminals of the Russian army,” Volodimir Zelensky said during a a video address.

Ukraine’s president said it would be key to implementing his promise to hold accountable the Russian military who committed what Ukrainian authorities have described as murder, rape and looting.

A first war criminal tried

“These are concrete facts about specific individuals, guilty of specific cruel crimes committed against Ukrainians,” said Volodimir Zelensky. Since the start of the Russian invasion, chilling testimonies have been piling up on the abuses committed against the population.

On April 3, Human right watch had also unveiled a damning report indicating that “summary executions and other serious violations of human rights have clearly been perpetrated by the Russian forces”.

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Russia says it has done everything possible to avoid targeting civilians as part of its “special military operation” in Ukraine. On May 20, a young man was sentenced to life imprisonment in Ukraine. The 21-year-old Russian soldier was convicted of a war crime in Ukraine. He is the first to have been tried since the beginning of the conflict.