TESTIMONY. “They came here to kill civilians”: in Kharkiv, a Ukrainian denounces war crimes by Russian soldiers

On the 12th day of war in Ukraine, the Russian army continues its offensive. The country’s second largest city, Kharkiv, 50 km from the Russian border, remains the target of intense bombardment for several days. On Monday March 7, the Kremlin army announced the opening of several humanitarian corridors and the establishment of local ceasefires to evacuate civilians.

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For several days now, NGOs have been denouncing war crimes by the Russian army in Ukraine. The International Criminal Court and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe have opened investigations. Sunday, during an interview with the American channel CNN, the head of American diplomacy Antony Blinken judged Sunday “very credible” these accusations against Russia.

On the spot, Olga Guzva describes terrible scenes :dbombs falling every 15 minutes in his neighborhood. This 42-year-old academic saw, in a few days, her university destroyed, just like the stadium, the library or the hospital. For her, there is no doubt: the Russian forces are targeting civilians.

They shoot at residential areas, at houses, at apartments, at hospitals where there are pregnant women. They even pull on the queues in front of the stores where people come to buy water. So yes, the target is civilians. And they are aware of it because the Russian soldiers who were captured say it: they know that they came here to kill people. During the evacuations, they shot at people trying to leave with children, old people. It’s a terrorist attack on the entire population… There is no longer a safe place in this country..”, she explains. Difficult to have figures, but according to Olga Gouzva, the city has at least a hundred dead.

A third negotiating session is scheduled for the day between Russian and Ukrainian envoys. According to the latest figures from the United Nations, more than one and a half million refugees have crossed the border into neighboring countries in just 10 days, a situation unprecedented in Europe for its speed since the Second World War.

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