French experts collect evidence of alleged war crimes in Ukraine

french experts collect evidence of alleged war crimes in ukraine
french experts collect evidence of alleged war crimes in ukraine

The prosecutor general of Ukraine announced on Friday that French weapons experts are assisting their Ukrainian colleagues in collecting evidence of alleged Russian war crimes in the northern Chernihiv region.

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Experts from the French Gendarmerie, including experts in drone modelling, ballistics, and weapons of mass destruction, have been gathering evidence at Russian shelling sites.

They replaced a group of gendarmerie forensic experts that arrived in mid-April to assist in determining what transpired in Bucha, near Kyiv, where the massacre of numerous civilians sparked an international uproar.

Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova posted on her Facebook account, “It will soon be two months since (French specialists) were ‘on the ground’ with us.”

She wrote, “They labour in the Chernihiv region and perform study at shelled sites.” These war crimes must be punished, and we are prepared to do all possible to ensure that they are.

The Chernihiv region has been routinely bombarded since Russia’s invasion on February 24. Ukraine is also examining suspected war crimes committed by Russian soldiers during their March occupation of Chernihiv in war crime

In what it terms a “special military operation” to demilitarise and “denazify” Ukraine, Russia denies targeting civilians and has dismissed claims of war crimes. The Ukrainian government and its allies assert that Russia invaded its neighbour without provocation.

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