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Russia calls Ukraine’s accusations of “war crimes” unacceptable

Russia calls Ukraine’s accusations of “war crimes” unacceptable

Moscow, May 18 (Prensa Latina) Ukraine's accusations against Russian soldiers of committing alleged war crimes during the special operation are unacceptable, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov asserted on Wednesday.
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“We consider it impossible and unacceptable to use these terms, many cases about which Ukraine speaks are obviously false,” the official told reporters.

Peskov added that the “most egregious accusations are stagings that our specialists verified in detail.”

On March 2, the prosecutor’s office of the International Criminal Court in The Hague initiated the investigation into possible war crimes on Ukrainian territory, nine days later Prosecutor Karim Khan reported that the investigating group began collecting evidence.

In the absence of results of these alleged investigations the Kremlin spokesman stated that Russia categorically rejects Ukraine’s accusations of Moscow’s involvement in war crimes, while reminding that his country is not a participant of the International Criminal Court.

Peskov also drew attention to the fact that while Ukraine repeatedly blames Russia for committing the alleged violations, Kiev refuses to push forward negotiations between the parties to end the conflict.

On Wednesday morning, Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman, Major General Igor Konashenkov, reported that so far 959 members of the Ukrainian nationalist Azov regiment surrendered, 80 of whom are wounded and were sent to a hospital in the city of Novoazovsk in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.


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