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Four Russian soldiers have been charged with war crimes

2023-12-06 19:57:00, Kosova & Bota CNA
Four Russian soldiers have been charged with war crimes
Mike Wendling

Four Russian soldiers have been charged with war crimes for the alleged kidnapping and torture of a US citizen living in Ukraine, officials said.

US prosecutors say the US citizen had been living in Ukraine since 2021 and had not fought or participated in the war.

This is the first time the US has brought charges under its war crimes law.

In announcing the charges Wednesday morning, Attorney General Merrick Garland said it was "an important step toward accountability for the illegal war in Ukraine."

Two of the accused persons were named as commanding officers Suren Seiranovich Mkrtchyan and Dmitry Budnik. The other two were lower-ranking soldiers named Valerii and Nazar, but their last names are not known, according to court documents.

The alleged crimes took place after Russian forces occupied the village of Mylove, on the Dnipro River in southeastern Ukraine./ CNA

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