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Ukraine lists “a few thousand” war crimes in the Donbass; Zelensky says the situation is “extremely difficult”


Kyiv’s chief prosecutor said on Tuesday May 31 that Ukraine had identified several thousand alleged war crimes in the eastern region of Donbass. In the region in question, the Russian forces continue their offensive.

As quoted by AFP news agency, Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova said the cases in the industrial region are among some 15,000 across Ukraine. The count is from the day Russian forces invaded on February 24.

Venediktova told a press conference in The Hague that of course “we have started a few thousand cases” on what we are seeing in Donbass. “If we are talking about war crimes, it is about a possible transfer of people.”

“… we started several cases concerning the possible transfer of children, adults to different parts of the Russian Federation. Then, of course, we can talk about torturing people, killing civilians and destroying civil infrastructure,” Venediktova added.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the situation in the Donbass region remained “extremely difficult”. Zelensky said that the maximum combat power of the Russian army is now gathered in Donbass.

Severodonetsk, Lysychansk, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, Kurakhove, Slovyansk and some other settlements remain the main targets of the occupiers on this axis. Sunday, May 29, the “liberation” of Donbass was an “unconditional priority” of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

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