“According to reports from the organisation Prosecute Russian War Crimes, no fewer than 39,000 violations of the Geneva Conventions have been found on the liberated territories formerly occupied by Russian forces. Ukraine's judiciary is investigating these reports, a task which is hoped to become easier thanks to logistical support from Luxembourg,” RTL Today reports.
Since the collection of evidence is a critically important step in this process, Luxembourg recently donated 30 3D scanners, produced in the Grand Duchy, to Ukraine. Thanks to this equipment, local investigators can now scan mass graves in a matter of minutes.
"Large parts of our country are occupied by troops of the Russian Federation. After we recapture those territories, Ukrainian soldiers always look for graves. Thanks to the scanners, it will now be possible to secure clues without having to touch anything. That allows us to collect evidence for trials," Nataliia Nestor, deputy director of the forensic science institute in Kyiv, explained.
Minister of Defence of Luxembourg François Bausch said that 3D scanners had been directly sent to war-torn regions of Ukraine.
"It is not only a scanner, there is an internal software that allows users to scan large areas with all the objects found there. Information is then processed by a computer, which is extremely important and ensures that war crimes are uncovered. This project costs us €1.3 million, but I think it is worth it. This will really help Ukraine a lot," he noted.
According to the minister, Luxembourg has provided Ukraine with material support and weapons worth €74 million since the beginning of the full-scale war. Minister Bausch promised to commit further aid in the next budgetary year.
"It is a crucial phase and that is why it's so important that we support this people. They are actually fighting for the rest of Europe," he added.
As reported, Luxembourg froze EUR 5.5 billion in assets of Russian individuals and legal entities, accounting for about a third of all Russian assets blocked across the European Union.