Russia’s war in Ukraine is a genocide


Estonia’s parliament today adopted a statement on Russia’s war on Ukraine, calling the invasion a “genocide”.

The statement, “On War Crimes and Genocide Committed by the Russian Federation in Ukraine,” was presented by 84 deputies of the 101-seat parliament and 86 members voted in favour.

The statement states that it has been established that in the war of aggression waged by the Russian Federation against Ukraine, systematic and massive war crimes have been committed against the Ukrainian nation by the Russian armed forces. “These crimes are ideologically instigated by Russia’s political and military leadership and its national propaganda authorities.”

“In the temporarily occupied territories, in particular the cities of Bucha, Borodyanka, Hostomel, Irpin, Mariupol and many other Ukrainian settlements, the Russian Federation has committed acts of genocide, including mass atrocities against the civilian population. These consisted of murders, enforced disappearances, deportations, imprisonment, torture, rape and desecration of corpses,” the statement said.

Ukrainian rescuers check the remains of a house in Chernigiv, after a Russian military attack. Photo by, shared under Creative Commons 4.0 license.

In its statement, the Estonian parliament recognizes as an act of genocide against the Ukrainian nation the actions committed by Russia and urges other national parliaments and international organizations to do the same. He said he “calls for support for the investigation of these crimes, the prosecution of the perpetrators and the establishment of an international tribunal for this purpose”.

Parliament also “calls on countries around the world to immediately strengthen sanctions against the Russian Federation, including by ending trade in energy carriers with Russia without exception, and to increase military assistance and humanitarian aid from critical importance for Ukraine”. The legislature also “expresses deep respect to the Ukrainian nation in its struggle for freedom, commemorates the dead and mourns the victims”.

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