Investigators of War Crimes in Ukraine Face Formidable Challenges

A slew of international agencies are joining Ukrainian prosecutors to look into accusations of war crimes. It may be the biggest effort ever to hold war criminals to account.

#civilian-casualties, #international-criminal-court, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Russia Steps Up Pace of Missile Attacks on Civilian Targets

The Russians’ growing use of imprecise Soviet-era missiles to terrorize civilians reflects the daunting outlook of its offensive despite incremental gains, analysts say.

#civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #kherson-ukraine, #lysychansk-ukraine, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

Russia Repeatedly Strikes Ukraine’s Civilians. There’s Always an Excuse.

The Kremlin’s explanations have sometimes satisfied the Russian people, but they fall apart under closer scrutiny abroad.

#civilian-casualties, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

From the Early Morning Sky, Shards of Hot Metal

Ukrainians reacted in fury to a Russian missile strike near Odesa, the latest in a string of attacks on civilian targets.

#civilian-casualties, #lysychansk-ukraine, #odessa-ukraine, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #serhiivka-ukraine, #snake-island-ukraine, #ukraine

In Blow to Putin, Turkey Won’t Bar Sweden and Finland From NATO

The change was a victory for President Biden and a setback to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, who had justified the Ukraine invasion as a warning against NATO’s expansion.

#andersson-magdalena-1967, #civilian-casualties, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #finland, #group-of-seven, #international-relations, #niinisto-sauli, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #stoltenberg-jens, #sweden, #ukraine

Mykolaiv Keeps Defying Russia’s Attacks on Ukraine’s Black Sea Coast

Without its Black Sea coast, a landlocked Ukraine would struggle. Mykolaiv is determined that won’t happen.

#civilian-casualties, #mykolaiv-ukraine, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #zelensky-volodymyr

Gun Sellers Stoke Fears to Boost Weapon Sales

The number of firearms in the U.S. is outpacing the country’s population, as an emboldened gun industry and its allies target buyers with rhetoric of fear, machismo and defiance.

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Near Embattled Ukrainian Cities, a Mass Grave for Civilians Grows

As Russia solidifies control in Sievierodonetsk and shifts its focus to neighboring Lysychansk, civilian casualties there continue to mount.

#civilian-casualties, #donets-river, #lysychansk-ukraine, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #ukraine

U.S. Fails to Assess Civilian Deaths in Yemen War, Internal Report Says

A Saudi-led coalition has killed civilians with U.S. weapons, but the State Department and the Pentagon have fallen short on tracking the deaths, U.S. investigators found.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #government-accountability-office, #houthis, #saudi-arabia, #state-department, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yemen

It’s Been 50 Years. I Am Not ‘Napalm Girl’ Anymore.

The surviving people in war photographs, especially the children, must somehow go on. We are not symbols. We are human.

#children-and-childhood, #civilian-casualties, #kim-phuc, #photography, #ut-nick, #vietnam-war

From Ukraine’s Front Lines, Bravery and Wreckage

Amid the roar of artillery and bone-rattling explosions, New York Times photographers have borne graphic witness to the fight to survive. These are their stories and images.

#civilian-casualties, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #photography, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

In Mali, a Massacre With a Russian Footprint

Civilian deaths have spiked in Mali since Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Group began operating alongside the military. In late March, hundreds were executed in the village of Moura.

#civilian-casualties, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mali, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #prigozhin-yevgeny-v, #putin-vladimir-v, #wagner-group

A Russian Plane Crashed Into a House. Death Was Parceled Out Randomly.

Some fortuitous timing in doing chores saved a family that lived in the Ukrainian city of Chernihiv. A few blocks away, things turned out very differently.

#bombs-and-explosives, #chernihiv-ukraine, #civilian-casualties, #military-aircraft, #pilots, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

No One Can Hide From This Weapon in the War in Ukraine

In Ukraine, drones that film and fight have been used to bring international audiences right up to the front lines.

#civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #drones-pilotless-planes, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #targeted-killings, #terrorism, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

The Texas School Massacre: Heartache and Outrage

Readers express frustration at government inaction in the wake of the latest school shooting.

#children-and-childhood, #civilian-casualties, #education-k-12, #gun-control, #newtown-conn-shooting-2012, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #united-states-politics-and-government, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

Russian Forces Pummel Key Eastern Ukraine Town

With enemy forces massed on three sides, the residents of Sievierodonetsk are at the heart of the battle.

#civilian-casualties, #donbas-ukraine, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #ukraine

Zelensky Urges Even Harder Line on Russia as Allies Work to Remain United

A midlevel Russian diplomat broke ranks and resigned with a scathing statement on the war, and President Volodymyr Zelensky called on world leaders to turn up the pressure.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #civilian-casualties, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #putin-vladimir-v, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #ukraine, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #world-economic-forum, #zelensky-volodymyr

Pentagon Faults Review of Deadly Airstrike but Finds No Wrongdoing

The military’s inquiry followed a New York Times investigation describing allegations that officials sought to conceal dozens of civilian casualties.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #baghuz-syria, #civilian-casualties, #defense-department, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

In Bucha, a Symbol of Death and Atrocity, Life Returns

About 10,000 residents have come back to this eastern Ukrainian city, which is racing to repair the physical and psychological damage from Russia’s occupation.

#bucha-ukraine, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Finland Moves to Join NATO, Upending Putin’s Ukraine War Aims

Neutral Finland’s leaders unequivocally said they intended to seek membership in the alliance, with Sweden expected to do the same, inviting new threats from Moscow.

#civilian-casualties, #cold-war-era, #donetsk-ukraine, #europe, #european-commission, #finland, #luhansk-ukraine, #marin-sanna, #niinisto-sauli, #nordic-countries, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #siemens-ag

What It’s Like on the Front Line in Ukraine

War has no clean edges where normal life resumes.

#civilian-casualties, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

The Unseen Trauma of America’s Drone Pilots

Killing targets in remote attacks has had a deep and troubling effect on those who fly the missions.

#audio-neutral-informative, #civilian-casualties, #drones-pilotless-planes, #united-states, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

They Fell Deeply in Love in Bucha. One Russian Bullet Ended It All.

Over nearly two decades, Iryna Abramova and her husband, Oleh, built a life of love and happiness. Now, she says, she wishes the Russian soldiers had shot her, too.

#bucha-ukraine, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

‘I Lost Everything’: Pakistani Airstrikes Escalate Conflict on Afghan Border

The airstrikes killed at least 45 people, stoking fears of a violent resurgence of the conflict in eastern Afghanistan, which has become a base for Pakistani militants.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #khost-afghanistan, #mehsud-hakimullah, #pakistan, #taliban, #tehrik-e-taliban

Civilians Keep Arriving at Besieged Steel Complex in Mariupol, Fighters Say

That citizens are still seeking to shelter at the plant, where there is no prospect of escape or rescue, offers a testament to what they must be facing elsewhere in the devastated city.

#azovstal-steel-complex, #civilian-casualties, #mariupol-ukraine, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

In Ukraine, A Body Bag and a Sister in Denial

The war in Ukraine is so big that it has shaken the world. But for a sister looking for her missing older brother, it was reduced to a visit to a morgue.

#civilian-casualties, #forensic-science, #husarivka-ukraine, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Banning Russian Tennis Players Won’t Stop the War. So Why Is Wimbledon Doing It?

Sometimes the do-something impulse is too strong.

#civilian-casualties, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #internal-sub-only-nl, #mariupol-ukraine, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #wimbledon-tennis-tournament

Satellite images show what appears to be a growing mass grave near Mariupol.

#cemeteries, #civilian-casualties, #mariupol-ukraine, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #satellites, #ukraine

En Colombia hay una nueva generación de grupos armados

El histórico acuerdo de paz se firmó hace más de cinco años. Pero el vacío de poder y la falta de oportunidades impulsan el surgimiento de nuevos grupos armados.

#civilian-casualties, #colombia, #comandos-de-la-frontera, #defense-and-military-forces, #duque-ivan, #gangs, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #revolutionary-armed-forces-of-colombia

Deep in Colombia, a New Generation of Armed Groups Battles for Control

The country signed a historic peace deal more than five years ago. But a power vacuum is fueling the rise of new armed groups.

#civilian-casualties, #colombia, #comandos-de-la-frontera, #defense-and-military-forces, #duque-ivan, #gangs, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #revolutionary-armed-forces-of-colombia

Atrocities in Ukraine War Have Deep Roots in Russian Military

Like the shelling of cities, the seemingly pointless, close-up killing of individuals recalls wars in Chechnya. Do they reflect intent, or only indifference, propaganda and a military culture of violence?

#chechnya-russia, #civilian-casualties, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

The Casualties at the Other End of the Remote-Controlled Kill

Capt. Kevin Larson was one of the best drone pilots in the U.S. Air Force. Yet as the job weighed on him and untold others, the military failed to recognize its full impact. He fled into the California wilderness.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #civilian-casualties, #defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #indian-springs-nev, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #mental-health-and-disorders, #military-aircraft, #pilots, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #shaw-air-force-base-sc, #syria, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-special-operations-command, #veterans, #war-and-armed-conflicts

‘Thank You for Not Killing Us’

An ordeal at a mental health facility in Ukraine illuminated the horrors of the Russian occupation in the areas around Kyiv.

#borodyanka-ukraine, #bucha-ukraine, #civilian-casualties, #kyiv-ukraine, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Should American Veterans Go to Ukraine?

People there are suffering. Discouraging my fellow veterans from going there would be both hypocritical and disingenuous.

#bucha-ukraine, #civilian-casualties, #kyiv-ukraine, #lviv-ukraine, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #veterans, #volunteers-and-community-service

In Mariupol’s Drama Theater, a Cry for ‘Mama!’ That Offered Brief Relief

A family shares its story of surviving the Russian attack on a theater that officials in the besieged southern Ukrainian city believe killed about 300 people.

#civilian-casualties, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #lviv-ukraine, #mariupol-ukraine, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #theater, #ukraine

Civilians Near Kharkiv Are Discovering Timed Land Mines

Civilians near Kharkiv in northeastern Ukraine are discovering a new threat: munitions that eject up to two dozen small mines that explode at intervals.

#amnesty-international, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #mines-explosive, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

How the Yemen War Connects to Saudi Arabia and Iran

Yemen was already the Arab world’s poorest country before its civil war began in 2014. Then a Saudi-led coalition joined the fight against the Iran-backed Houthi militia, spreading the ruin.

#bombs-and-explosives, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #houthis, #iran, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #riyadh-saudi-arabia, #sana-yemen, #saudi-arabia, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations, #yemen

Intercepted Russian Radio Traffic Said to Discuss Killings of Ukranian Civilians

The report adds to evidence of indiscriminate killings by Russian forces. It could not be confirmed whether the radio transmissions collected by German intelligence were from Bucha or another place near the capital, an official said.

#civilian-casualties, #der-spiegel, #politics-and-government, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

New Russian Land Mine Poses Special Risk in Ukraine

The sophisticated POM-3 mine was discovered last week by Ukrainian bomb technicians, as Russia contaminates much of the country with unexploded munitions.

#civilian-casualties, #mines-explosive, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #treaties, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

In Ukraine, Traces of Lives Cut Short

The violence of war is often random. Those who suffer most are the civilians caught in the middle. Two recent deaths in Kharkiv, Ukraine, are a testament to that.

#civilian-casualties, #kharkiv-ukraine, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Lead Paint and the Poisoning of Children

Holding the insurance and real estate industries liable. Also: Russian atrocities in Ukraine; skepticism about Russian polls; free college.

#children-and-childhood, #civilian-casualties, #colleges-and-universities, #insurance, #lead, #polls-and-public-opinion, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #tuition, #ukraine, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Why Proving War Crimes Is Difficult and Rare

Outrage is growing over the atrocities in Bucha, Ukraine, but holding perpetrators to account can be a complex task.

#audio-neutral-informative, #bucha-ukraine, #civilian-casualties, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Video Captures Russian Forces Firing on Ukrainian Cyclist in Bucha

Chilling aerial video from Ukraine adds to the evidence of Russian atrocities against civilians and undercuts their denials of wrongdoing.

#bucha-ukraine, #civilian-casualties, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

At Least 200 Feared Dead in Apartments Hit by Russia, Officials Say

After Russian forces withdrew from Borodyanka, a commuter town near Ukraine’s capital, families are searching the rubble for bodies.

#borodyanka-ukraine, #bucha-ukraine, #civilian-casualties, #cluster-munitions, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #security-council-un, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Up-Close Ukraine Atrocity Photographs Touch a Global Nerve

The apparent execution of Ukrainian civilians by retreating Russian forces, their bodies strewn in streets and yards, has focused attention on what constitutes crimes in war.

#bucha-ukraine, #chernihiv-ukraine, #civilian-casualties, #kyiv-ukraine, #mykolaiv-ukraine, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Western Officials Condemn Reports of ‘Massacre’ by Military in Central Mali

The State Department and the French foreign ministry said they were alarmed at reports of deaths caused by the Malian armed forces and their allies — Russian mercenaries with the Wagner Group.

#civilian-casualties, #european-union, #mali, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #sahel-africa, #state-department, #terrorism, #united-nations, #wagner-group

In a Kyiv Suburb,‘They Shot Everyone They Saw’

With Russian forces retreating, Ukrainians in Bucha are finding scores of bodies in yards and on the roads amid mounting evidence of intentional and indiscriminate killings of civilians.

#bucha-ukraine, #civilian-casualties, #kyiv-ukraine, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

What if Putin Didn’t Miscalculate?

It’s always wiser to treat an adversary as a canny fox, not a crazy fool. 

#chechnya-russia, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

A Vow to Ease Bombing Is Too Late for Many in Ukraine City Near Kyiv

Russia’s offer, if honored, comes too late for the thousands who have already fled Chernihiv.

#chernihiv-ukraine, #civilian-casualties, #deaths-fatalities, #defense-and-military-forces, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #kyiv-ukraine, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Mariupol Residents Describe How Russian Forces Deprived Them of Food and Water

Residents of Mariupol, Ukraine described how Russian forces use hunger as a weapon of war in a monthlong siege of the southern port. “No roof, no food and no water,” survivors texted relatives who escaped.

#children-and-childhood, #civilian-casualties, #food, #mariupol-ukraine, #politics-and-government, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #water