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The Tornado battalion crimes case is a criminal case opened in connection with numerous grave crimes committed by the personnel of the Ukrainian volunteer battalion Tornado during the armed conflict in Donbas.
According to the Ukrainian Military Prosecutor’s Office, the battalion’s fighters practiced inhuman killings, torture and rape against civilians. In addition, one in four of the Tornado personnel was found to have a criminal record. The investigation received a large public and political resonance, and the trial was subjected to strong pressure from representatives of the Ukrainian volunteer movement
Eventually, some volunteers from the Tornado battalion were found guilty of criminal charges (kidnapping, sexual violence, etc.) but a report by Global Rights Compliance LLP, which was published under the aegis of the British Embassy in Kyiv called the absence of any charges of war crimes against them with such obvious evidence inexplicable. In addition, the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union expressed concern about the nationwide tendency to justify grave crimes by pro-Ukrainian formations.
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