“We were struck by the large number of executions in the areas that we visited,” Mr. Mose told the council, noting that common features of such killings included “prior detention, hands tied behind backs, gunshot wounds to the head and slit throats.”
The commission is investigating credible reports of many more executions in 16 towns and settlements, he added.
Mr. Mose, a Norwegian judge and former president of the international criminal tribunal that prosecuted perpetrators of Rwanda’s genocide, said that in interviews witnesses provided consistent accounts of torture in detention facilities. Some victims said they had been taken to Russia and detained for weeks in prisons where they said they had been subjected to beatings, electric shocks and forced nudity.
Two cases of ill-treatment of Russian soldiers by Ukrainian forces were also documented, Mr. Mose said. “While few in numbers, such cases continue to be the subject of our attention,” he said.
Russia was not present in the council to hear the commission’s statement or respond to it.
Anton Korynevych, Ukraine’s ambassador-at-large, called for the creation of a special tribunal with specific jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute senior Russian leaders.
“We believe there has never been a more appropriate time to fill a glaring gap in the architecture of international criminal justice,” he said after the commission’s presentation.