The investigation into the crimes of the Russians in Gostomel, which occurred in February-March 2022, began only in July 2023, a German official said.
The German Federal Prosecutor’s Office has identified a group of Russian suspects who participated in the shooting of a convoy of civilian vehicles in Gostomel, Kyiv region, in the early days of the Russian invasion. When they fall into the hands of law enforcement officers of Ukraine or any other countries, they will be asked to extradite them to Germany in order to be punished under German laws. German Justice Minister Marco Buschmann spoke about the circumstances of the Russian crimes, according to an article on the Spiegel portal.
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Buschmann explained that Germany began an independent investigation into the events in Gostomel in July 2023, when Russians shot civilians. Among the victims, according to the minister, there was also a German. The names of the officers of the Russian Armed Forces have already been established – they appear in the case as suspects.
“If we catch the criminals, we will bring charges. If Ukraine or another country we cooperate with apprehends these people, we will provide evidence in such a way that charges can be successfully brought there,” Buschmann said.
The minister also explained how exactly the investigation took place. In particular, they first conducted a mass survey of refugees from Ukraine. To do this, the media published an announcement in Ukrainian, Russian and English, in which they offered to tell German prosecutors about Russian crimes in Ukraine.
According to the German official, law enforcement officers understand that traumatized people have difficulty remembering past events. Therefore, specially trained personnel communicated with them.
“People who have been victims or witnesses of traumatic experiences often find it difficult to re-examine their experiences and talk about them.”
This method of investigation has previously proven its effectiveness, Bashmann explained. For example, in this way they were able to identify the people who killed the Syrians.
“The goal is to first obtain evidence without specific suspects, for example by interviewing witnesses who sought asylum in Germany. A similar approach has been used in relation to war crimes in Syria, where there have been few convictions so far,” the journalists explained Spiegel.
Crimes of the Russian Federation – details
Let us note that already on the second day of the war, February 25, 2022, units of the Russian Armed Forces approached the city of Gostomel in the Kyiv region. Russian troops took up positions not far from the highway along which civilians were trying to leave the battlefield. After that, they fired along the highway for about five to six hours straight, shooting people and cars, “like in a shooting gallery” – the Kyiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office spoke about the details of the Russian crime, having carried out the appropriate investigative actions. As a result of the shelling, five Ukrainians were killed and six more were wounded.
A similar crime also occurred on March 14 of the same year. That day, the Russians first fired at a high-rise building near the Antonov plant, then fired mortars at the cars in which civilians were driving out from under the shelling. A woman died and two men were injured as a result of the invaders’ actions, media reported.
Meanwhile, battles were taking place for Gostomel airport: the Main Intelligence Directorate subsequently explained why it was important to hold this strategic facility.
We remind you that on December 14, the Office of the Prosecutor General responded to another crime of the Russian Federation: the use of prisoners of war to cover their positions. Meanwhile, an ex-fighter of the Wagner PMC fled to the West and is ready to talk about the actions of the Russians at the trial in The Hague.