Surge in Russian War Crimes in Ukraine, Says German Official

Written by Henrik Rothen

Jun.02 - 2024 8:07 PM CET

Ukraine investigates over 133,000 Russian war crimes, revealing a dramatic surge in documented cases.

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Ukraine is currently investigating a staggering 133,000 cases of Russian war crimes, according to Klaus Hoffmann, a German advisor to the Ukrainian Prosecutor General.

According to Agerpres, Hoffmann shared these figures in an interview with the German newspaper Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung, highlighting a dramatic increase in documented incidents since the end of 2022.

A Sharp Increase in War Crime Cases

The number of war crime cases has more than doubled from 56,000 at the end of last year. Hoffmann emphasized the significant rise, noting that many of these cases are thoroughly documented.

"It is a huge increase," he stated, underscoring the severity and scope of the situation.

Hoffmann pointed out specific types of war crimes being investigated, including Russian airstrikes on civilian targets and the forced adoption of Ukrainian children.

While he refrained from making legal judgments before the completion of investigations, Hoffmann expressed his personal view that these actions constitute "terrorism against the civilian population."

Many of these alleged crimes have been documented by the Russian perpetrators themselves, with commanding officers reportedly being rewarded for their actions.

This documentation adds to the evidence being used in the ongoing investigations.

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Hoffmann has served as an advisor to the Ukrainian Prosecutor General.

His previous experience includes working with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, providing him with a robust background in dealing with war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The dramatic rise in documented war crimes highlights the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and the urgent need for accountability and justice for the victims.

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