The Czech Republic, which is where the European Union presidency is located has on Saturday called for the establishment of an international tribunal for war crimes after some new mass graves had been discovered in Izyum, Ukraine.
The appeal is also following the discovery of around 450 graves which are also locted outside the formerly Russian-occupied city of Izyum with most of the exhumed bodies showing signs of torture.
“In the 21st century, such attacks against the civilian population are unthinkable and abhorrent,” Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky said on Twitter.
“We must not overlook it. We stand for the punishment of all war criminals,” he added.
“I call for the speedy establishment of a special international tribunal that will prosecute the crime of aggression,” Lipavsky said.
Investigators said some bodies in the graves found near the eastern Ukrainian city of Izyum had hands tied behind their backs. They also found the bodies of children.
In another report, some of the Ukrainian forces of Ukraine have announced on Monday that their lightning counter-offensive have taken back some more ground in the past 24 hours, as Russia had replied with some retaliatory strikes on some of the recaptured ground which had been taken recently.
The territorial shifts had also been one of Russia’s biggest reversals since its forces had been turned back from Kyiv in the earliest days of the nearly seven months of fighting, yet Moscow had signalled that it was no closer to agreeing a negotiated peace.
“Ukraine has turned the tide in its favour, but the current counter-offensive will not end the war,” US think tank Institute for the Study of War tweeted.
Moscow had also recently announced air, rocket and artillery attacks on some of the reclaimed areas in the Kharkiv region on Monday, a day after Kyiv had revealed that some of the Russian strikes on electricity infrastructure had also caused power failures.