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The U.S. State Department announced the launch of a new program to collect and analyze evidence of war crimes and other atrocities committed by Russian troops in Ukraine.
On May 17th, in a statement released, the goal of the plan would be to record, verify and disseminate evidence of public origin to ensure that Russia is held accountable for its actions.
The program, known as the Conflict Observatory, will make its reports and analysis available on its website.
“The Conflict Observatory will analyze and preserve publicly and commercially available information, including satellite imagery and information shared through social media, in accordance with international legal standards, for use in current and future accountability mechanisms,” the statement said.
The statement also said the online platforms would help refute Russia’s rumor mongering and expose Russia’s aggression.
Ukraine accuses Russia of committing atrocities during its gratuitous invasion and has identified more than 10,000 possible war crimes. Russia denies targeting civilians and claims that evidence of atrocities presented by Ukraine is false.
The U.N High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said last week that there were many examples of possible war crimes in Ukraine. The International Criminal Court is also working with prosecutors in Ukraine, Lithuania and Poland to investigate war crimes allegations against Russian forces.
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