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The United Nations for the first time openly accused Russia of war crimes

Investigators recall the aerial bombardment of civilians by Idlib Kremlin

The United Nations for the first time openly accused Russia of war crimes

By delivering indiscriminate airstrikes on civilian residential areas in Syria in 2019, Russia committed war crimes.

This is stated in the report of the UN independent commission of inquiry on Syria, which was published on March 2.

In particular, Russia was accused of air raiding a market in the Syrian province of Idlib on July 22, 2019, which killed at least 43 civilians, and attacked a refugee camp where at least 20 people died.

“There is a war crime of intimidation of the population to force him to leave — this picture is very clearly outlined, for example, in Idlib. We see targeted attacks on hospitals to disable them, and so that the population is actually forced to leave,” said Commissioner Genny Megally.

This is the first time that UN investigators have directly noted that Russia is guilty of crimes in Syria, the media write.

At the same time, according to investigators, the Syrian rebels and Turkey supporting them could also commit war crimes. For example, Ankara was called to investigate the October airstrike on a convoy of 400 people, which killed 11 people.

Recall that Russian troops support the dictator Bashar Assad in Syria, who has been waging war on his own people for almost nine years. Syrian residents have repeatedly expressed to the employees of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation everything they think about the Russian military presence in their country.

Recently, another escalation has been observed in Idlib — Russian and Syrian aircraft attacked the positions of the Turkish military and the Syrian Free Army fighting the Assad regime. As a result of the airstrike, 33 Turkish soldiers were killed and 35 were injured.

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