Charles Michel from the UN rostrum reported on the bloodshed and massacres he witnessed during his visit to Ukraine. Despite the fact that more than a month has passed since the visit of Charles Michel, the speech of the president of the European Council was emotional and full of details. Apparently, the horrors of Russian atrocities against Ukraine have been etched in the memory of politics.
"A few months ago, I was in Borodianka, where Russian soldiers committed atrocities. War crimes. Crimes against humanity. These crimes must be and will be punished, the perpetrators will be brought to justice. We need evidence, and now we are helping to gather evidence of these crimes. Impunity is unacceptable. We welcome the previous steps taken by the International Criminal Court to order Russia to stop this military operation immediately," said Charles Michel.
The president of the EU Council reminded that the Union makes every effort to investigate war crimes committed by the Russian army against Ukrainians and humanity. The EU aims to bring to justice all those involved in rape, execution and genocide. It will be recalled that Ireland, the Czech Republic, Canada, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia have recognized Russia's actions as genocide.
Sexual violence. 2 years ago, Antonio Guterres (who was also recently in Irpen and Bucha) launched the international initiative Women, Peace, Security, aimed at protecting women suffering from sexual and domestic violence. But right now, as you read this article, Ukrainian women, children, babies, boys, and men are being raped. No matter how much Putin bans everyone who calls war a war, this does not hide the fact that a brutal war is being waged against Ukraine, where rape is a weapon.
"Sexual violence is a war crime, a crime against humanity. Tactics of torture, terror and repression. The shameful act of shameful war. All these crimes must be covered and condemned without any impunity," said Charles Michel.
The European Union maximally facilitates the investigation of the International Criminal Court and the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine, helps to collect evidence against the crimes of the Russian Federation and processes them.
"Thousands of Ukrainian women, children, and men died. Atrocities. Rape. Countless Ukrainian cities have been bombed and turned into ruins. This is a war. A barbaric war waged by a permanent member of the UN Security Council," Michelle said.
We remind you that the war has been going on since February 24, 2022. According to preliminary data, the Russians have killed more than 26.000 Ukrainians during this time. More than 1.5 million Ukrainians were forcibly deported to Russia.