U.S. launched a program to document Russian war crimes in Ukraine
The U.S. State Department has announced the launch of a new program to capture and analyze evidence of war crimes and other atrocities committed by Russian forces in Ukraine.
The program aims at documentation, verification, and dissemination of open-source evidence to ensure that Russia is held accountable for its actions, the U.S. State Department said on May 17, 2022, in a statement.
Known as the Conflict Observatory, the program will make its reports and analyses available on the website.
“The Conflict Observatory will analyze and preserve publicly and commercially available information, including satellite imagery and information shared via social media, consistent with international legal standards, for use in ongoing and future accountability mechanisms,” the statement said.
The online platform will help refute Russia’s disinformation efforts and shine a light on abuses.