Washington, May 17 (Reuters)-On Tuesday, the US State Department announced the launch of a new program to collect and analyze evidence of alleged war crimes and other atrocities committed by Russia in Ukraine. Action.

The State Department said in a statement that the so-called Conflict Observatory would include documenting, verifying and disseminating open source evidence of Russia’s actions in Ukraine. Reports and analysis are available from the Conflict Observatory website.

US President Joe Biden has beaten Russia for what he calls a “major war crime” committed in Ukraine, and is responsible for Moscow’s launch of the largest civil war in Europe since World War II. Emphasized his determination.

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The Kieu government has accused Russia of atrocities and atrocities against invading civilians and said it has identified more than 10,000 possible war crimes.

Russia has denied targeting civilians and states that signs of atrocities have been staged without evidence.

The new program, founded with an initial $ 6 million investment, said the U.S. State Department can use it in current and future accountability mechanisms to analyze and store information such as satellite imagery and information shared on social media. I did.

“This new conflict observatory program is part of a series of US government efforts at both national and international levels designed to ensure future accountability for Russia’s horrific actions,” the statement said. Stated.

The program is a collaboration with geographic information systems company Esri, Yale University Humanitarian Institute, Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative and PlanetScape Ai, adding that future funding will come from the European Democratic Resilience Initiative.

Ned Price, a State Department spokesperson, said the United States was involved through various mechanisms to collect and document evidence of potential war crimes and atrocities with relevant prosecutors, state entities and organizations. Said that.

However, he told reporters that the new program shared their findings for the general public and authorities in appropriate jurisdictions, including within Ukraine and perhaps the United States, “based on materials published by prosecutors. And even the possibility of criminal cases. ” .. “

A Ukrainian court held a preliminary hearing on Friday in the first war crimes trial resulting from Russia’s February 24 invasion after indicting a Russian soldier arrested for the murder of a 62-year-old civilian.read more

Hundreds of civilian bodies have been found in the towns where the troops have withdrawn since Russia bombed the city into rubble and launched what is called a special operation to demilitarize Ukraine. Kieu and his western allies say it is an unfounded excuse for unprovoked war.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) announced on April 25 that it will join a joint team with prosecutors from Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania to investigate allegations of war crimes against Russian troops.

Ukraine has little experience in prosecuting such cases. Zera Kozrieva, deputy head of the War Crimes Unit of the Prosecutor’s Office, said last month that Congress adopted a law last year that provided a legal framework for prosecuting war crimes in line with international practice.

She said the country had previously been convicted of crimes by only three individuals between 2014 and the February invasion of this year. These were related to the conflict in Crimea, where Russia merged with the Donbus region in conflict.

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Report by Daphne Psaledakis Edited by Bill Berkrot

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