Latest Russian-Ukrainian war: New sanctions loom as Ukraine says over 4,500 alleged war crimes under investigation – live | world news

Ukrainian prosecutors say they are investigating 4,684 alleged Russian war crimes after the horror of recent atrocities in the Ukrainian town of Bucha was exposed, sparking global revulsion and a series of crippling new sanctions against Russia.

According to The figures Released by the prosecutor’s office, a total of 4,468 potential war crimes were listed as under investigation on Tuesday, with the figure rising by the hundreds every day. An estimated 167 children also died as a result of the Russian invasion, the agency says added.

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova described the recently liberated towns around kyiv as a “tortured hellish region” and vowed to “punish the inhumans who settled it on our lands” during a point press conference held from Bucha on Tuesday.

A woman cries remembering the Russian occupation of the town of Borodyanka, near kyiv, Ukraine. Photography: Maxym Marusenko/NurPhoto/REX/Shutterstock

“Russia will be responsible for Bucha in The Hague,” she added in a declaration released later today.

“Prosecutors and investigators are already examining the area [Kyiv region] and document the crimes, so that every perpetrator of these atrocities is brought to justice in national and international courts,” she added. noted.

Ukraine’s prosecutor’s office said preliminary investigations had started across the country, including in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Sumy, Mykolaiv, Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

“We collect evidence for national courts and the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The evidence is no longer just war crimes, but crimes against humanity. And we will prove all the facts to punish those who tortured, mocked and destroyed Ukrainians,” Venediktova said.

A mass grave was reportedly seen next to a church in Bucha, on the outskirts of kyiv, Ukraine.

A mass grave was reportedly seen next to a church in Bucha, on the outskirts of kyiv, Ukraine. Photography: Rodrigo Abd/AP

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