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Bodies found in Ukraine: EU presidency wants war crimes tribunal

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The Czech Republic, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the EU, is calling this Saturday for the creation of an international tribunal for war crimes. This appeal follows the discovery of hundreds of bodies summarily buried in Ukraine, on the outskirts of Izium, a city in eastern Ukraine.

The Czech Republic, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the EU, called on Saturday for the creation of an international tribunal for war crimes, after the discovery of hundreds of bodies summarily buried in Ukraine. The appeal follows the discovery of around 450 graves on the outskirts of Izium, a town in eastern Ukraine recaptured from the Russians last week, with some of the bodies exhumed showing signs of torture.

“In the 21st century, such attacks on the civilian population are unthinkable and heinous,” Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky said on Twitter. “We must not ignore it. We are for the punishment of all war criminals,” he added.

Children’s bodies found

“I call for the rapid creation of a special international tribunal which will prosecute the crime of aggression”, insisted Jan Lipavsky. According to investigators, some exhumed bodies had their hands tied behind their backs. Bodies of children were also found.

The Czech Republic, a former communist country and now a member of the EU and NATO, has taken in around 400,000 Ukrainian refugees and provided military aid worth around $150 million to Ukraine, invaded by Russia on February 24.

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