European Union presidency calls for war crimes tribunal over mass graves in Ukraine

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The EU presidency on Saturday called for the establishment of an international war crimes tribunal after new mass graves found in Ukraine.

“In the 21st century, such attacks on the civilian population are unthinkable and abhorrent,” said Jan Lipavsky, foreign minister of the Czech Republic, which holds the rotating presidency of the European Union.

“We must not overlook it. We stand for the punishment of all war criminals,” he added in a message on Twitter.

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“I call for the swift establishment of a special international tribunal that will prosecute the crime of aggression.”

The appeal follows the discovery by Ukrainian authorities of about 450 graves outside the formerly Russian-occupied city of Izyum. exhumed bodies showing signs of torture.

“Of the bodies exhumed today, 99 percent showed signs of violent death,” Oleg Synegubov, head of Kharkiv’s regional administration, said on social media.

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“Several bodies have been found with their hands tied behind their backs and one person has been buried with a rope around his neck,” he added.

An TBEN journalist at the site saw at least one body with his hand tied with a cord.