The United Nations named three human rights experts to investigate possible war crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine.

As Reuters informs with reference to the UN statement, the experts will probe human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law “in the context of the aggression against Ukraine by the Russian Federation.”

The UN created the commission of inquiry for one year at the request of Ukraine and allies including the European Union, Britain, and the United States.

The independent panel is led by Erik Mose of Norway. In 2003-2007, he was president of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda where the genocide of Tutsi took place in 1994 on the instructions of the Hutu government.

Other panel members are Jasminka Dzumhur, the human rights ombudsperson of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Pablo de Greiff, a Colombian who was the first U.N. justice investigator.

The panel will interview witnesses and collect forensic material for any future legal proceedings. The initial findings are to be reported in September.

Bohdan Marusyak

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