The Guardian view on Vladimir Putin’s crimes: Ukraine’s growing tragedy | Editorial

Civilians are already paying the ultimate price for a Russian invasion in breach of international lawVladimir Putin is not only piling body on body in Ukraine. He is also piling crime upon crime. His unprovoked and illegal invasion of a democratic state has already caused substantial civilian casualties, as well as the deaths of Russian soldiers. The failure to achieve the swift victory he anticipated is increasing its cruelty.The office of the UN high commissioner for human rights said on Tuesday morning that it had recorded 136 civilian deaths, including 13 children, and 400 injured, but believed the true toll to be much higher; it grew in the hours following that announcement. Human rights groups report the use of cluster bombs – banned by many countries – which hit a preschool and close to a hospital. In Kharkiv, missiles struck the regional government building in Freedom Square, rained down upon homes and killed people fleeing or seeking food and water. Thermobaric weapons, so powerful they can vaporise bodies, have been photographed in Ukraine, and its ambassador to the US says Russia has already used them. Continue reading…

Civilians are already paying the ultimate price for a Russian invasion in breach of international law

Vladimir Putin is not only piling body on body in Ukraine. He is also piling crime upon crime. His unprovoked and illegal invasion of a democratic state has already caused substantial civilian casualties, as well as the deaths of Russian soldiers. The failure to achieve the swift victory he anticipated is increasing its cruelty.

The office of the UN high commissioner for human rights said on Tuesday morning that it had recorded 136 civilian deaths, including 13 children, and 400 injured, but believed the true toll to be much higher; it grew in the hours following that announcement. Human rights groups report the use of cluster bombs – banned by many countries – which hit a preschool and close to a hospital. In Kharkiv, missiles struck the regional government building in Freedom Square, rained down upon homes and killed people fleeing or seeking food and water. Thermobaric weapons, so powerful they can vaporise bodies, have been photographed in Ukraine, and its ambassador to the US says Russia has already used them.

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