Ukrainian Prosecutor General Says Office is Investigating 5,800 Russian War Crime Cases

Ukrainian Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova  said on April 11 that her office is investigating 5,800 cases of Russian war crimes in the invasion on Ukraine.

“It is not only war crimes. Now we can say — a lot of crimes against humanity,” Venediktova added during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on “The Lead.”

Venediktova also said that there were “more and more” proceedings happening every day.

Venediktova also said that her office has identified over 500 suspects, including Russian politicians, military leaders, and propaganda agents, in the investigations.

According to a statement released by Venediktova’s office, 183 children have been killed in the war and 342 others were injured.

However, Venediktova told CNN that the actual figures were likely much higher.

“We don’t understand what’s happened in Mariupol just now and how many kids are dead inside Mariupol,” Venediktova said.

Venediktova also said that she visited the city of Bucha multiple times and the community was “still exhuming the dead bodies from the mass grave.”

A top war crimes prosecutor for the International Criminal Court has traveled to Ukraine to conduct an investigation.

United States President Joe Biden earlier this week said that the scenes in Bucha warranted calling Putin a “war criminal.”

“But we have to gather the information. We have to continue to provide Ukraine with the weapons they need to continue the fight, and we have to get all the detail so this can be an actual — have a wartime trial,” Biden said.

Russia has denied any involvement in the attacks in Bucha, claiming without evidence that the scenes in Bucha were part of a “planned media campaign.”


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