Investigators in Ukraine have opened more than 50,000 inquiries into alleged Russian war crimes since the war began. NPR looked into the death of one man to show the challenges investigators face.
A report says Ukraine placed its forces near noncombatants, putting them in danger. Government officials say they evacuate civilians from combat areas, and that the report depicts "a false reality."
Eli Rosenbaum spent his career hunting down Nazis after World War II. Now, he will use those skills to seek out war criminals in the Russia-Ukraine war.
Vadim Shishimarin, 21, had pleaded guilty last week to shooting an unarmed Ukrainian man in late February. On Monday, a panel of judges in Kyiv sentenced him to life in prison.
The widow asked the Russian soldier what he felt when he killed her husband. "Fear," he said. "I understand you probably won't be able to forgive me. But I ask for your forgiveness."
Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova says 21-year-old Vadim Shishimarin shot and killed an unarmed man while fleeing from Ukrainian defense forces. He's in custody and could face life in prison.
Ukrainian and international experts believe it will take years, if not decades, to build cases and prosecute people. Ukraine's prosecutor general's office has opened more than 9,000 investigations.
"Unfortunately, the longer this conflict goes on, the more violations we're finding," says the head of a U.N. team documenting possible human rights abuses in Ukraine.