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EU presidency wants war crimes tribunal over Izyum graves

By AFP
17 September 2022   |   1:00 pm
The Czech Republic, which currently holds the EU presidency, on Saturday called for the establishment of an international tribunal for war crimes after new mass graves were found in Ukraine.

This photograph taken on September 16, 2022 shows Lubov, 69, holding fruit jars recovered from the cellar of her water-damaged home in the town of Kryvyi Rih, where dozens of homes were flooded after a Russian attack damaged a dam upstream on September 14. – Russian forces targeted the Karachun dam with a salvo of missiles on September 14, 2022, severely damaging the hydraulic structures regulating the flow of the Inhulets river. The resulting flood surge submerged over a hundred homes downstream in Kryvyi Rih. (Photo by Genya SAVILOV / AFP)

The Czech Republic, which currently holds the EU presidency, on Saturday called for the establishment of an international tribunal for war crimes after new mass graves were found in Ukraine.

The appeal follows the discovery of around 450 graves outside the formerly Russian-occupied city of Izyum with most of the exhumed bodies showing signs of torture.

“In the 21st century, such attacks against the civilian population are unthinkable and abhorrent,” Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky said on Twitter.

“We must not overlook it. We stand for the punishment of all war criminals,” he added.

“I call for the speedy establishment of a special international tribunal that will prosecute the crime of aggression,” Lipavsky said.

Investigators said some bodies in the graves found near the eastern Ukrainian city of Izyum had hands tied behind their backs. They also found the bodies of children.

The Czech Republic, a former communist country and now EU and NATO member, has received around 400,000 refugees from Ukraine and provided military aid worth some $150 million to the country invaded by Russia on February 24.