Database lists evidence of potential war crimes | News

For a month now, Russian forces have repeatedly attacked Ukrainian medical facilities, beating hospitals, ambulances, doctors, patients and even newborn babies – with at least 34 assaults independently documented by The Associated. Press. With each new attack, the public outcry for war crimes prosecutions against Russian President Vladimir Putin, his generals and top Kremlin advisers escalates. To convict, prosecutors will have to show that the attacks were not simply accidents or collateral damage. The emerging pattern, followed day-to-day by the PA, shows evidence of a constant and relentless assault on highly civilian infrastructure designed to save lives and provide safe haven for Ukraine’s most vulnerable. “The Law of War literally uses the words ‘don’t hit schools’, ‘don’t hit hospitals’, ‘don’t hit cultural sites.’ I mean, they actually use those words in the law. And so it’s very clear that any general trained in the laws of war would have been trained with those words deep in their minds,” said David Scheffer, the former US Ambassador at Large for War Crimes. will likely be a top priority for war crimes prosecutors.This account of attacks on medical facilities is part of a larger effort by the AP and the PBS Frontline series to seek evidence of potential war crimes committed. during the largest conflict in Europe since the end of World War 2. The War Crimes Watch project launched by AP and Frontline includes details of apparent targeted attacks as well as destruction with ugle of civil buildings and infrastructure. The AP/Frontline online database will continue to be updated as long as the conflict lasts. The aim is to provide an independent account of events, apart from potentially exaggerated claims by supporters or misinformation spread by state-sponsored propaganda.