|Karim Khan International Criminal Court. "Ukraine is a crime scene"|
After the discovery of the various atrocities committed in Bucha, where the civilian death toll had reached 360 agonizing deaths, evidence of a similar dire situation increased, which were found hand in hand after being abandoned by Russian troops. the area around Kiev. Today alone, 12 bodies were found in a mass grave in the village of Buzova, not far from Kiev, and other news came of people who could no longer be found.
Against this backdrop, Ukrainian researchers say they were able to identify dozens of Russian soldiers they believe were involved in the massacre of civilians in Bucha and other cities near Kiev. Artem Starosiek, the 30-year-old chief executive of Molfar, a risk assessment and analysis firm that typically deals with corporate clients, told the Times that his team had identified 80 of the 1,060 Russian soldiers responsible for the massacre in collaboration with the Cyber Police department. Ukraine. "We are using social media to track down soldiers we know have been to Bucha," the researcher told British newspapers. With this method, the researchers claimed to have known the addresses, telephone numbers, family and criminal records of the alleged torturers.
The revelations came after Ukrainian intelligence last week claimed that the 64th Motorized Rifle Brigade led by Lieutenant Colonel Azatbek Omurbekov was responsible for all war crimes in the Kiev region.
The "Bucha butcher", accused of organizing the alleged rape, looting and murder of hundreds of Ukrainian civilians, was identified thanks to the volunteer work of the InformNapalm group - formed to inform and investigate the activities of Russian troops - using open-source data methods. Since the start of the war, Russian troops have destroyed hospitals, schools and all kinds of civilian buildings, killing, according to the United Nations, 1,600 civilians although reports from Mariupol suggest that this could be an underestimation.
Russia is now recognized by many world leaders as guilty of war crimes, the last to admit it over the weekend were German Chancellor Scholz and European Commission President von der Leyen, who were in Bucha the day before yesterday . According to the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Iryna Venediktova , so far the above-mentioned 5,600 war crimes are being investigated in the country ", according to the Prosecutor" Vladimir Putin is the main war criminal of the 21st century ". Last month, the ICC's chief prosecutor Karim Khan said he had opened an investigation into possible war crimes in Ukraine.
The problem is, war crimes are a type of “crime” that are complicated to investigate and very problematic to prosecute. Of the 46 people publicly indicted by the ICC since its founding in 2002, only two are currently in prison with six others having completed their sentences, raising doubts about the effectiveness of the trial and its methods of execution.
According to Alex Whiting, professor at Harward Law School and former chief prosecutor for the war crimes tribunal of a major Bosnian war actor, "This kind of attack is difficult to prove. You have to prove that civilian targets were deliberately targeted - that's not a mistake; there were no military targets in the area. nearby." Gaining Evidence of Open source Intelligence - sharing information, images and data on the Internet - is a "game changer," according to Whiting.
Today the ICC launched an online portal that can be accessed by everyone to upload evidence of war crimes.
The horrors of the war in Ukraine were also expressed by the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Karim Khan. "Ukraine is a crime scene," he said after visiting the city of Bucha, where hundreds of killings of civilians have been blamed on Ukraine by Russian forces occupying it for several weeks. "We are here because we have reasonable reasons to believe that crimes are being committed within the jurisdiction of the courts. We need to disperse the fog of war to get to the truth," Khan told reporters. "We have to disperse the fog of war to get to the truth" Karim Khan, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.