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Russia Accused of War CRIMES and EXECUTING Civilians
BUCHA, Ukraine — After Russian troops pulled out of the city of Bucha, images have emerged showing the streets littered with dead bodies.
Ukrainian authorities claim that some civilians had their hands tied behind their backs and were shot in the back of the head. Ukrainian troops also reported that some of the bodies showed signs of torture.
Bucha’s mayor said more than 300 civilians had been killed without provocation. Reuters reported that a mass grave had been found on the grounds of a nearby church.
Russia has denied its troops killed civilians saying the photos released by the Ukrainian government were provoking the situation.
As the bodies of Russian soldiers return home, many Russians have expressed their outrage at being accused of war crimes. The BBC reported that one Russian interviewee said, “I don’t believe these fakes…I will never believe them.”
The international community has called for investigations into Russian war crimes.
Evidence is growing:
This live article is concluding. See below for the critical findings of the investigation…
08 June 2022 | 3:55 am UTC — Ukraine launched the “Book of Executioners” to document war crimes committed by Russian soldiers. President Volodymyr Zelensky announced the book to hold Russian troops accountable and get justice for the Ukrainian victims of the invasion. In addition, the book will be used to catalog evidence of war crimes.
31 May 2022 | 4:51 pm UTC — A Ukrainian court jails two captured Russian soldiers for 11 and a half years for war crimes relating to the shelling of a town in eastern Ukraine.
17 May 2022 | 12:14 pm UTC — Ukrainian authorities identify a young Russian soldier, 21, who allegedly gang-raped a young girl with three others after locking her family in a basement.
06 May 2022 | 11:43 am UTC — Amnesty International steps in with a report documenting several war crimes committed by Putin’s soldiers. One case detailed a man killed in his kitchen by Russian soldiers as his wife and children hid in the basement.
29 April 2022 | 10:07 am UTC — UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss announces that the United Kingdom has dispatched war crimes experts to Ukraine to help with investigations.
28 April 2022 | 3:19 pm UTC — Ukraine has released pictures of ten Russian soldiers wanted for war crimes in Bucha. The Ukrainian government described them as the “despicable ten.” They are allegedly part of the 64th brigade honored by Vladimir Putin.
22 April 2022 | 1:30 pm UTC — According to Ukrainian officials, satellite images of an area near Mariupol appear to show more mass graves. Mariupol city council estimates the graves could be hiding up to 9,000 civilian bodies. However, the satellite images have not been verified as civilian gravesites.
18 April 2022 | 1:20 am UTC — Israel has condemned Russia’s actions, referring to them as “war crimes.” Russia responded by saying it “was a poor attempt at exploiting the situation in Ukraine to divert international attention” from the Israel-Palestinian conflict and has summoned the Israel ambassador to Russia to clarify Israeli positions.
13 April 2022 | 7:00 pm UTC — The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights has released a preliminary report that suggests Russia has committed war crimes in Ukraine. The report stated that “It is not conceivable that so many civilians would have been killed” if Russia had respected human rights.
11 April 2022 | 4:00 pm UTC — France sends forensic experts to Ukraine to gather evidence of alleged Russian war crimes. The special team of French police officials includes two forensic doctors.
08 April 2022 | 7:30 am UTC — Russia has been accused of more war crimes after a missile hit a Ukrainian train station in Kramatorsk, killing at least 50 people. The station was a key location for the evacuation of women and children. Russia categorically denies targeting civilians.
04 April 2022 | 3:49 pm UTC — Ukraine starts a war crimes investigation into the execution of civilians. Ukraine authorities say the bodies of 410 civilians have been found around Kyiv. Russia says the photos and videos are “a staged performance.”
03 April 2022 | 6:00 am UTC — Human Rights Watch reported on “apparent war crimes in Russia-controlled areas”, which focussed on the city of Bucha. The report claimed Russian soldiers had executed Ukrainian civilians.
02 April 2022 | 7:08 am UTC — Russian troops retreat from areas around Kyiv as Ukrainian forces declare “liberation.” President Zelensky claims Russians are booby-trapping homes as they leave.
- Russian troops are pulling back from the Kyiv region to focus on operations in the east and south of Ukraine.
- Images showed streets littered with burnt-out Russian tanks and dead bodies.
- Sky News has allegedly verified two videos showing bodies on the streets of Bucha.
- On the other side, footage has circulated of Ukrainian soldiers abusing Russian prisoners of war, suggesting a violation of the Geneva Convention.
- Russia denies all war crimes, saying Ukrainian nationalist fighters are killing civilians. Russia also claims many photos and videos circulating are fake and use actors.
- Vladimir Putin has awarded honors to the army brigade present at Bucha for “mass heroism and bravery, steadfastness and fortitude.” However, Ukraine has labeled the same brigade as “war criminals.”
Amnesty International reports that after an extensive investigation, they have found evidence that Russian forces repeatedly used banned cluster munitions and scatterable mines to attack the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.
Russia is not a party to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, but any indiscriminate attack that injures or kills civilians is classed as a war crime. A cluster munition is an explosive weapon that scatters smaller explosive bomblets over a large area, indiscriminately killing soldiers and civilians. Other cluster munitions can scatter land mines over a wide area, posing a risk to civilians long after the conflict.
On the other side, Amnesty found that Ukrainian forces had broken humanitarian law by positioning artillery near civilian buildings, which attracted Russian fire. However, Amnesty noted that this “in no way justifies the relentless indiscriminate shelling of the city by Russian forces.”
A human rights lawyer in charge of gathering evidence in Ukraine claims that Russian troops have “tacit permission” to rape civilians as a weapon. They said that troops are not explicitly told to rape women and girls, but there is no disciplinary action if they do. Many women have shared testimony of being sexually assaulted by Russian soldiers.
The United Nations (UN) Human Rights chief claims there is now mounting evidence that Russia has committed war crimes in Ukraine. UN Human Rights officers documented the unlawful killing of around 50 civilians, some by summary execution, during their mission to Bucha on the 9th of April, 2022.
What happens next?
It’s all well and good saying that war crimes have been committed, but will anyone see justice?
It’s highly unlikely we would ever see Putin or his generals stand trial for war crimes. Such crimes would usually be prosecuted by the International Criminal Court (ICC); however, Russia is not a signatory and doesn’t recognize the court. So, if the ICC issued an arrest warrant for Putin, it wouldn’t matter because Russia would never let any ICC officials into the country.
In fact, the United States doesn’t recognize the jurisdiction of the ICC. For example, during the Trump presidency, the ICC opened an investigation into war crimes allegedly committed by US personnel in Afghanistan. The US responded by imposing sanctions and refusing visas for ICC officials, completely stifling the investigation by preventing entry of any prosecutors. President Trump said in the executive order that the actions of the ICC “threaten to infringe upon the sovereignty of the United States” and that the ICC “must respect the decisions of the United States and other countries not to subject their personnel to the ICC’s jurisdiction.”
Consequently, it’s far-fetched to believe that we will ever see the prosecution of Putin or any of his inner circle. Of course, an arrest warrant could be executed if Putin traveled outside Russia to a country that recognized the ICC, but the Russian president would be foolish to take such a risk.
Realistically we will see the prosecution of low-level soldiers captured on the ground in Ukraine. The first of such war crime trials began in May, with the first Russian soldier sentenced to life in prison for shooting a 62-year-old Ukrainian civilian — we will see an increasing number of similar cases in the coming months from the Ukrainian government.
Equally, the Russian side will pursue its own prosecutions of what it deems war crimes. Moscow sent a clear message when two British fighters who voluntarily traveled to Ukraine were sentenced to death.
The investigations indicate that Russian soldiers have torn through Ukraine with a complete disregard for human life. Evidence shows that heinous war crimes have been committed against unarmed civilians, including women and children.
A small minority of captured soldiers may face justice, but those who return to Russia will face no consequences and instead be hailed as war heroes.
One thing is for sure:
Protected by the borders of Russia, its vast military, and nuclear arsenal, Putin and his generals won’t be losing any sleep over war crime investigations.
FACT-CHECK GUARANTEE (References):
https://www.hrw.org/news/2022/04/03/ukraine-apparent-war-crimes-russia-controlled-areas/ [Straight from the source]
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-61073897/ [Straight from the source]
https://www.osce.org/files/f/documents/f/a/515868.pdf [Official report]
https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/04/1116692/ [Straight from the source]
https://twitter.com/amnesty/status/1522542513491435521 [Straight from the source]
Hunter Biden BLOWUP: The Laptop, The Investigation, and The President
DELAWARE, United States — A story once dismissed as fake news but now impossible to ignore. When the New York Times admitted the infamous Hunter Biden laptop story was real, the future of the Biden family hung in the balance.
Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, dropped off three broken laptops at a Delaware repair shop but never returned to pick them up. The shop owner, John Paul Mac Isaac, found numerous disturbing financial statements, emails, and photographs while performing data recovery.
In a nutshell:
The emails and financial statements implicated Joe Biden in foreign business dealings while he was the vice president of the United States. At the same time, concerns were raised about the sexually explicit photographs of Hunter Biden involving young women.
Isaac reported his discovery to the authorities, and the FBI seized the laptops. However, before the seizure, Isaac had copied the contents of a hard drive and sent it to Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, who then sent it to the New York Post.
The story was published weeks before the 2020 election. Still, it was strongly dismissed by mainstream media outlets, big tech, and intelligence officials — who falsely claimed the story was Russian disinformation to protect Biden’s election prospects.
In 2022, forensic analysis suggested the emails were authentic and that there was no evidence hackers had manipulated the emails or files.
Now that Joe Biden is the leader of the free world and the laptop story is authentic, the most critical question is this:
Is the president of the United States compromised?
So far, one of the more perturbing facts that indicated a national security concern is an audio recording found on the laptop where Hunter Biden talks about his relationship with Patrick Ho, who he referred to as “the f****** spy chief of China.”
Follow the story live as we answer that question…
06 June 2022 | 08:57 am EDT — According to an exclusive report from news website Radar, over “30 GB of never-before-seen data” from Hunter Biden’s iPhone has been leaked. The data obtained from a phone backup on the abandoned laptop is allegedly being sold in parts to different press outlets. The leak includes photos that are “far more scandalous than anything that has come out before,” the source reported.
01 June 2022 | 08:46 am EDT — The Daily Mail published an exclusive article revealing more shameful content found on the abandoned laptop. Videos on the hard drive showed that Hunter Biden filmed homemade porn of himself having sex with prostitutes — he then uploaded it to Pornhub. Accompanied by reports of browser history showing Hunter visited around 100 porn websites. It gets even more insane because search history shows an obsession with “lonely widow porn” and “MILF crack cocaine porn.”
24 May 2022 | 10:30 am EDT — The Washington Examiner publishes findings of a forensic analysis confirming the contents of Hunter Biden’s hard drive are “indisputably authentic,” and there is no evidence of manipulation.
18 May 2022 | 1:30 am EDT — Former Trump aide Garrett Ziegler shares over 120,000 emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop. The emails were published to a database belonging to a research group called Marco Polo, which specializes in “exposing corruption and blackmail.”
08 May 2022 | 11:47 pm EDT — Top Hollywood lawyer Kevin Morris lends a hand to Hunter Biden by reportedly paying over $2 million of his overdue taxes.
06 May 2022 | 4:56 pm EDT — John Paul Mac Isaac, the laptop repairman, publishes an excerpt from his upcoming book saying that Hunter Biden told him the password to the laptop was “analf**k69”. Isaac recalls the files he witnessed on the computer, including naked selfies and a picture of the president’s son wearing a red scarf and a jockstrap.
12 April 2022 | 3:24 pm EDT — The Washington Post publishes comments made by Isaac suggesting that there have been many attempts to fabricate material said to be on the laptop that he never witnessed during the recovery process.
17 March 2022 | 10:15 am EDT — The New York Times publishes a story about the federal investigation of Hunter Biden’s taxes. Buried in the article is an admission that the infamous laptop was real.
- Hunter Biden sat on the board of the Ukrainian energy company, Burisma and had other business dealings in China.
- The Justice Department is investigating Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings concerning his taxes.
- Alleged emails from the laptop suggest that Joe Biden was receiving kickbacks from Hunter’s business dealings, citing money held for “the big guy.”
- Mainstream media and Big Tech previously dismissed the laptop story as fake news and Russian disinformation.
- The suppression of the story by the mainstream could have affected the 2020 election. For example, some voters indicate they would not have voted for Joe Biden had they known the story was legitimate.
What the left says
Mainstream media outlets are in damage control mode, trying to downplay the fact that the laptop’s content was genuine. The left focuses on the federal investigation of Hunter Biden, saying there is no connection to President Biden, pointing out that Hunter does not work for the United States government.
The left has made unproven claims that emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop, published by research group Marco Polo, contain signs of “tampering.”
Damage control — ABC news interviews Hunter Biden’s ex-wife Kathleen Buhle about her new book “If We Break,” which details her marriage to Hunter. The interview attempted to put Hunter Biden in a positive light, with her saying the pictures leaked from the laptop did not represent the man she knew. Buhle also described a warm relationship with Joe Biden, describing him as a loving grandfather to her children. The focus on the interview (and upcoming book) by the left-wing media appears to be an attempt to distract from the scandal facing the Biden family.
What the right says
Conservative sources are pleased to see the story finally getting the necessary attention. In sharp contrast to the left, they claim that Hunter Biden was given positions on foreign company boards solely for his connection to the then Vice President Biden. Consequently, this suggests that President Biden is compromised by foreign entities.
To the same degree, analysts on the right are concerned that the then Vice President Biden benefited financially from Hunter Biden’s dealings, citing the infamous reference to a cut for the “big guy.”
FACT-CHECK GUARANTEE (References):
https://nypost.com/2022/05/06/mac-shop-owner-john-mac-isaac-reveals-night-he-met-hunter-biden/ [Straight from the source]
https://bidenlaptopreport.marcopolousa.org/ [Straight from the source]