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UN Secretary General states need for thorough investigation into all reports of burial sites in Izium in order to bring to bring all perpetrators to justice

KYIV. Sept 22 (Interfax-Ukraine) – A thorough investigation should be carried out on all reports about the burial sites in Izium to ensure accountability, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said.

“The latest accounts of burial sites in Izium are extremely disturbing,” Guterres said at a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York on Thursday, calling for thorough investigation of all allegations to ensure accountability. The perpetrators must be held accountable through fair, independent trials, he said, adding that the victims and their loved ones have the right to justice, protection and reparations.

He stressed that putting an end to impunity for international crimes is of fundamental importance.

In all these parameters, Guterres said, the International Criminal Court plays an important role to ensure effective prosecution.

He noted that he was also extremely concerned about information indicating plans to organize so-called referendums in areas of Ukraine that are not currently under the control of the Government of Ukraine.

“Any annexation of a State’s territory by another State resulting from the threat or use of force is a violation of the UN Charter and of international law,” the Secretary General added.

According to him, there are no signs of a respite in the war that the Russian Federation is waging in Ukraine.

“The latest developments are dangerous and disturbing. They are further steps away from any prospect of peace – and towards an endless cycle of horror and bloodshed. This senseless war has unlimited potential to do terrible harm – in Ukraine, and around the world,” Guterres stressed.