Russia guilty of war crimes, human rights group says

Martha Sanchez, News Editor

Human Rights Watch published an account detailing Russia’s war crimes during their invasion of Ukraine. (Courtesy of Oleksandr Ratushniak on Flickr)

Content Warning: The following article contains subject matter pertaining to violence and sexual violence.

The group Human Rights Watch published an account of Russia’s “apparent war crimes” in Ukraine, detailing murder and rape offenses, among others. 

The report describes two summary executions and a case of “repeated rape.” It documents a Russian soldier’s threat to execute a man and his son until a second soldier intervened. It also describes Russian soldiers throwing smoke grenades into a basement where a woman and child were hiding, then shooting them both as they fled. The report said these events all took place between Feb. 27 and March 14.