Fri. Sep 30th, 2022

MOSCOW, September 19 (EFE) .- The Kremlin on Monday described as “false” allegations that the Russian army committed war crimes in northeastern Ukraine during its recent withdrawal from Kharkov province.

“It’s the same script as the book. Everything unfolds by the same script. It’s a lie,” presidency spokesman Dmitry Peskov said at his daily telephone news conference.

Peskov added that Russia would defend “the truth of that story.”

After retaking eastern Kharkov in a counteroffensive against the Russian army, the Ukrainian government discovered 440 graves and a dozen alleged Russian torture chambers in the liberated areas.
The Kremlin’s comments today are Russia’s first official response to Ukraine’s accusations.

Russia's war crimes in Ukraine
Damage to the Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk. EFE/EPA/SERGEY SHESTAK

The human rights mission deployed by the United Nations in Ukraine has announced that it plans to verify the tragic results on the ground.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky compared the situation to what his troops found in Bucha after Russian troops withdrew and accused the Kremlin of torture.

“It is premature to predict the figures of people buried there. The investigation is still ongoing,” the Ukrainian leader said.

The Czech Presidency of the European Union (EU) has instead called for the creation of a special court to try crimes committed by Russian troops in the Izium area, one of the cities captured by Ukraine in the Kharkiv region.

Last March, Russia characterized the discovery of civilian bodies in Bucha, on the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital, as a “fake” and lamented that the “stage” was held three days after Russian forces left in a gesture of “goodwill” to soldiers. Kyiv and Chernigov regions.

Edited by Nuria Santesteban

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