Ukraine has found 1,200 bodies in Kyiv as list made of 500 war crime suspects

The authorities in Ukraine say they have found more than 1,200 dead bodies in the Kyiv region alone – and it claims to have identified 500 war crimes suspects, although Vladimir Putin is not officially on the list.

Iryna Venediktova, a prosecutor, told Sky News that Putin was the “main war criminal of the 21st century” as she provided details of the number of bodies recovered from the region following Russia's humiliating retreat from the area.

She said: “We have actually now, only for this morning, 1,222 dead people only in Kyiv region.

“Of course what we see on the ground, in all regions of Ukraine, is war crimes, crimes against humanity.”

She added that what had been found in the east of the country was “frightening”.

Her comments came as president Volodymyr Zelenskiy said he feared there were tens of thousands of people who have been killed in the besieged city of Mariupol, which has been at the forefront of brutal Russian attacks.

It’s not the first time Ukraine has called for Russians to be tried for war crimes following the discovery of mass graves. Some bodies have been found with their hands bound and signs of having been tortured.

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The United Nations said that by Sunday, 4,232 civilian casualties had been recorded in Ukraine during the war, which is now nearly 50 days in.

It said that a total of 1,793 people had been killed and 2,439 had been injured – but the real figures are likely to be a lot higher.

Ms Venediktova said Ukraine had identified 500 Russian suspects for aggression against Ukraine, including top military personnel and politicians and propaganda agents “who have done everything to start this war and they continue this war against Ukraine”.

She said that despite clear evidence of Putin’s war crimes, Ukraine respected international law, which provides him with immunity in his role as president.

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