Air raid alert!
Do you dare to hear how sirens in Ukraine sound right now?
Feel at least 1% of the despair that Ukrainians go through every day when they hear this sound. After these moments they know that destruction and death is coming.
In real life, Ukrainians can’t just turn off that sound. It can cost them their lives.
Many decades ago, the international community decided to stop large-scale deaths of civilians during wars and armed conflicts. Thus the rules of war were created, which forbade the killing of civilians, the infliction of harm and torture on prisoners, and the launching of lethal weapons into unprotected settlements.
Despite the fact that the rules of war are set out in international treaties such as the Geneva Conventions, the Rome Statute, and other international laws and agreements, many of which Russia is a signatory to.
These rules are now being cynically and unscrupulously violated by thousands of Russian soldiers sent to Ukraine by their dictator, Putin.
To bomb. To destroy.
To commit mass murder.
They include excessive brutality in wartime, when a military deliberately attacks peaceful civilians, and civilian infrastructure, kills women and children, and targets humanitarian missions.
It also includes the use of weapons and ammunition designed to kill civilians indiscriminately on a large scale.
RUSSIA IS DOING ALL OF THIS RIGHT
The Russian Federation and all the war criminals
it has sent to Ukraine will bear the most serious responsibility
for the evil they have committed.
We carefully document every crime and every atrocity.
All responsible will be undoubtedly held accountable.
The examples of war crimes below are just a tiny part
of all the terror and horrors taking place in Ukraine now.
But enough to understand one thing:
“Persons taking no active part in the hostilities shall in all circumstances be treated humanely.”
Art. 3. P.1. IV Geneva Convention. 12.08.1949
“She called a taxi, packed up, and she and her son Vanya left the house. At that moment, a Russian tank fired at them. They were buried right in the yard of the apartment complex. There was no other way out.”
Olha, a friend of Maryna Met, who was killed in Irpin
THE RUSSIANS KILLED FAR MORE INNOCENTS.
HELP PRESERVE THEIR MEMORY.
«Civilian objects shall not be the object of attack or of reprisals. Attacks shall be limited strictly to military objectives.»
Art. 52. Protocol I Additional to the Geneva Conventions. 08.06.1977
“People began to kindle fires at the entrance to the basement to cook food. The first firewood was the frames from the balconies, which were broken by shells.”
says an eyewitness to the destruction of Chernihiv
THE MAIN TARGET OF THE RUSSIAN MILITARY IS UKRAINIAN CIVILIANS. AND HERE ARE THE CONSEQUENCES.
“…wanton destruction of cities, towns, or villages, or devastation
not justified by military necessity is a war crime.”
Principle VI(b) of the 1950 Nuremberg Principles
“We were driving around the city, and corpses were lying around. Women, men, children. We tried to distract our children in the car so they wouldn’t look there. It’s horrible.”
writes Mykola, who managed to escape from blockaded Mariupol.
THE RUSSIANS ARE DESTROING OUR CITIES TO THE GROUND. FIND THE TRUTH.
“each of them is prohibited from taking any measure of such a character as to cause the physical suffering … of protected persons in their hands. This prohibition applies not only to … torture … but also to any other measures of brutality whether applied by civilian or military agents.”
Art. 32. P.3. IV Geneva Convention. 12.08.1949
“The taking of hostages is prohibited.”
Art. 32, 34 P.1. IV Geneva Convention. 12.08.1949
“I went outside and was taken away. Russians beat me for about an hour. They broke my jaws. Beat my head 10 times. They tried to cut off my finger, then broke it.”
said Ihor, a civilian who survived Russian imprisonment
Photo: Volunteer Battalion of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine “Lugansk-1”
#BuchaMassacre. Dead civilians are found in Bucha with their hands tied and traces of torture and inhumane treatment.
UKRAINIANS ARE GOING THROUGH THEIR DARKEST TIMES.
“Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive.”
Art. 49. P.3. IV Geneva Convention. 12.08.1949
“Some elderly people I know and whom I met at the distribution point did not know where they were going and why. They thought they could stay in Rostov for a couple of months and maybe return to Mariupol. Instead Russians took them to Samara. They did not know what to do there, and accommodation was provided for only two weeks.”
said Iryna, a refugee from Mariupol (an interview with the BBC)
WE BELIEVE THAT EVERY UKRAINIAN WILL RETURN HOME SOMEDAY.
BUT FIRST, THE GUILTY MUST BE PUNISHED.
“…damage to cultural property belonging to any people whatsoever means damage to the cultural heritage of all mankind, since each person makes its contribution to the culture of the world.”
Introduction to Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. 14.05.1954
“It has become known that there have been cases of occupiers firing positions in temples or directly near temples in the occupied territories. This shows their absolute immorality, and indifference to the church, to religion as such.”
Archbishop Evstratiy Zorya (an interview for Radio Liberty)
RUSSIANS DESTROY UKRAINIAN CULTURE – OUR PAST AND OUR MEMORIES. HELP US TO BE HEARD.
“Women shall be especially protected against any attack on their honour, in particular against rape, enforced prostitution, or any form of indecent assault.”
Art. 3. P.1. IV Geneva Convention. 12.08.1949
“Dude, my bro is there. Look, he says, I drove into the yard in a tank… He says I went into the house and took out the fucking door. He shot everyone, fucked them, he says, raped them.”
an excerpt from an intercepted conversation between Russian soldiers
THIS IS NOT FROM A HORROR FILM. IT’S EVIDENCE OF WAR CRIMES HAPPENING TO UKRAINIAN WOMEN RIGHT NOW. THE VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS OF THESE CRIMES DESERVE WORLDWIDE ATTENTION.
Yes, there will be justice. The Ukrainian government is investigating war crimes committed by Russia against Ukraine.
Due to Russia’s war crimes in Ukraine, 42 countries have already appealed to the International Criminal Court in The Hague to launch an investigation. If the court rules against Russia, the people who perpetrated these crimes can be detained in any country that recognizes the jurisdiction of this court.
Just as the world persecuted and restored justice in the twentieth century for
every criminal of the Nazi regime in their atrocities against humanity and life,
Ukraine will not give up until all the guilty are punished.
We are collecting evidence and eyewitness reports, including horrific photos and
videos, so that the court can hand down a punishing sentence on the perpetrators
of these war crimes.