The Minister of Foreign Affairs of France, Catherine Colonna, announced that Paris will send a support mission to Ukraine for investigators investigating war crimes committed in Izyum, Kharkiv region. She said this on Thursday, September 22, at a meeting of the UN Security Council in connection with the situation in Ukraine.
“As soon as it became known about the crimes committed in Buch in April, we sent two groups of investigators to Ukraine. For three months, they helped Ukrainian justice patiently and carefully restore the facts, and we donated a mobile laboratory for DNA analysis.
Now that the world has become aware of new crimes in Izyum, we have decided to send another mission to support investigators on the ground, because where Russia operates, using propaganda and disinformation, justice must be based on facts and evidence,” the head of the French diplomacy
The city of Izyum in the Kharkiv region was liberated from Russian occupation at the beginning of September during a counteroffensive by Ukrainian forces. A mass burial of more than 450 bodies was discovered in it. Western leaders reacted sharply to this.
During the occupation of Izyum and Balaklia in the Kharkiv region, the Russians behaved in the same way as in the Kyiv region: they tortured residents, destroyed kindergartens and schools, and other infrastructure.