Ambassador Neil Bush reiterates UK determination to hold Russia to account for atrocities in Ukraine at an OSCE Parliamentary Assembly side event panel

Ambassador Neil Bush reiterates UK determination to hold Russia to account for atrocities in Ukraine at an OSCE Parliamentary Assembly side event panel

We are all aware that the horrific war waged by the Russian government has resulted in incalculable misery and destroyed the basis for regional security.

As the UK Government, it is resolved to hold the Russian Government and specific Russian military personnel accountable for these atrocities.

We are appalled by reports of rape and other sexual assault committed by Russian military during their invasion of Ukraine.

We are making very explicit that using sexual assault in a war zone is a war crime, and we all should be clear on this.

The largest group referral in the history of the ICC was made in March at the initiative of the UK and a total of 37 additional governments.

The UK is offering the necessary financial and technical assistance, including war crime specialists.

Additionally, we are assisting local initiatives and have established a £10 million Civil Society Fund.

This independent fact-finding expedition is looking into claims of abuses and transgressions of international humanitarian and human rights law in Ukraine.

It discovered solid proof of war crimes, including the torture, rape, and murder of innocent civilians as well as the forcible deportation of more than 500,000 people.

In terms of a follow-up, the same 45 States group was supported by Ukraine and a second invocation of the Moscow Mechanism was made.

In two weeks, the study will be released and cover the period of Russian crimes in Bucha, Kramatorsk, and additional atrocities during that time in Mariupol.

The UK is paying unaffiliated organizations to compile solid proof of war crimes.

Mistakes are still made in this area despite multiple sets of instructions for those gathering data and information from survivors and witnesses.

The barbarous actions taken by the Russian Government and Russian military in Ukraine continue to horrify and shock the UK.

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