Nearly 6,700 ‘Crimes of Aggression, War Crimes’ Committed During Russian Invasion of Ukraine: Prosecutor General

By Katabella Roberts
Katabella Roberts
Katabella Roberts
Katabella Roberts is a reporter currently based in Turkey. She covers news and business for The Epoch Times, focusing primarily on the United States.
April 15, 2022 Updated: April 15, 2022

The Ukrainian Prosecutor General on April 15 said it had found nearly 6,700 cases of “crimes of aggression and war crimes,” that have been committed during Russia’s invasion of the country.

On Twitter, the prosecutor general’s office said that 6,673 alleged crimes of aggression and war crimes have been registered as of Thursday, of which 6,483 included alleged breaking of the law and customs of war, 43 were related to planning, preparing for, or starting and waging an aggressive war and nine were connected with war propaganda.

The governmental body labeled the remaining 138 instances as “other.”

According to the prosecutor’s office, there are 575 “suspects” behind the “main case” of Russian aggression, including representatives of Russia’s military and political leadership.

They include ministers, deputies, military command, officials, heads of law enforcement agencies, investigators of war, and propagandists from the Kremlin, the prosecutor’s office said.

Meanwhile, another 3,040 “crimes against national security” were also announced.

Those alleged crimes included encroachment on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine, state treason, sabotage, and “other.”

Additionally, the office announced that there have been alleged crimes against children. A total of 198 children have been killed and 355 have been injured during the invasion, officials said.

Children in the Donetsk, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Mykolaiv, Kherson, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, Sumy, and Zhytomyr regions, as well as the capital Kyiv, have been the most affected, the Prosecutor General’s Office said in a separate statement on Friday.

The office noted that officials are still working to collect data in areas where hostilities are ongoing, as well as temporarily occupied and liberated territories, and thus the figures are not final.

Amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, Russia has been accused of targeting civilians attempting to flee through so-called safe passages, as well as destroying civilian buildings, among other alleged crimes.

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A mass grave is seen behind a church in the town of Bucha, northwest of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on April 3, 2022. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP via Getty Images)

The latest figures came as the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Karim Khan, this week traveled to Bucha in Ukraine, where officials have accused Moscow of committing terrible war crimes in the city, including killing civilians.

President Joe Biden has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of genocide in Ukraine, echoing comments made by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The ICC began its investigation into possible war crimes in Ukraine on March 2, a week after Russian forces invaded.

“Ukraine is a crime scene. We’re here because we have reasonable grounds to believe that crimes within the jurisdiction of the ICC are being committed. We have to pierce the fog of war to get to the truth,” Khan said in a statement during his visit this week.

Khan also said the ICC has “reasonable grounds” to believe crimes within its jurisdiction are being committed.

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A protester holds up a photograph showing murdered civilians of the Ukrainian town of Bucha near Kyiv during a demonstration against the Russian military invasion of Ukraine in Berlin, Germany, on April 6, 2022. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Russian officials have denied killing civilians in Bucha and Kremlin officials have claimed that the scenes recorded in Bucha which attracted global attention are staged, branding it “another staged performance by the Kyiv regime for the Western media.”

At least 1,932 civilians have been killed and 2,589 injured in Ukraine since Russian forces entered Ukraine on Feb. 24, according to the U.N.’s Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner.

The majority of those civilians injuries were caused by “explosive weapons with a wide impact area, including shelling from heavy artillery and multiple launch rocket systems, and missile and airstrikes,” the U.N. said on Thursday.

Katabella Roberts is a reporter currently based in Turkey. She covers news and business for The Epoch Times, focusing primarily on the United States.