The USA Will Provide Drones to Ukraine for Documenting Military Crimes
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced the transfer of nine drones from the company Skydio to the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine.
This was reported on the official website of USAID.
These drones are equipped with high-precision 4K cameras and are used for taking photos and videos.
"They will help the Prosecutor General's Office document over 115,000 cases of civilian infrastructure destruction, as well as evidence of human rights violations in front-line communities and liberated territories. These drones are critical for the Prosecutor General's team, which seeks to restore justice for the victims of war crimes and human rights violations committed by the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation," the statement said.
At the same time, USAID emphasized its support for the "efforts to hold Russians accountable" for committing war crimes. With the support of USAID, two Ukrainian human rights coalitions have managed to document over 40,000 cases of war crimes committed by Russia since the start of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
Last week, during her visit to Kyiv, USAID Administrator Samantha Power announced an additional $500 million allocation to support Ukraine.
This package was aimed at supporting the most vulnerable segments of the population. Specifically, it focused on supporting women and girls, as well as minors and the elderly who suffered from the explosion of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Station by Russian forces in June of this year.
According to the Office of the Prosecutor General, there are currently 98,100 registered crimes of aggression and war crimes in Ukraine, of which over 95,000 are classified as violations of laws and customs of war.
The United Nations reports 9,177 deaths and 15,993 injuries to civilians in Ukraine as a result of the full-scale Russian invasion. Among them are 535 dead and 1,095 injured children. The UN notes that the actual number of casualties and injuries may be significantly higher.
Recall that in March of this year, the International Criminal Court in The Hague issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin, accusing him of the illegal deportation of Ukrainian children to Russia.
It was also reported recently that after months of hesitation, the United States decided to transfer the evidence of military crimes committed by Russian forces in Ukraine to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.