russians committed wilful killings, torture, unlawful transfers and deportations in Ukraine, UN inquiry finds

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The russian armed forces’ waves of attacks and the use of torture may amount to crimes against humanity, according to a report from a UN-backed inquiry.

“russian authorities have committed numerous violations of international humanitarian law and violations of international human rights law, in addition to a wide range of war crimes, including the war crime of excessive incidental death, injury, or damage, wilful killings, torture, inhuman treatment, unlawful confinement, rape, as well as unlawful transfers and deportations.

The Commission has also found that the russian armed forces’ waves of attacks, starting 10 October 2022,
on Ukraine’s energy-related infrastructure and the use of torture by russian authorities may amount to crimes against humanity,” the report said.

It has also found that the attacks have been widespread and systematic and may amount to a crime against humanity of other inhumane act.

UN definition of genocide

Genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

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