Dutch authorities are seeking to send forensic experts to Ukraine to investigate potential war crimes in the country by invading Russian forces. The cabinet is expected to make a decision on the mission when it meets today, April 29, sources close to the government told ANP news agency.
Indications are that the team will include forensic doctors and officers from the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, the Dutch military police force.
Russia has been accused of horrific war crimes in Ukraine, from indiscriminate bombing to rape, torture and summary executions.
Last month, the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) opened an investigation into war crime allegations. Shortly after European Union President Ursula von der Leyen visited Bucha, a Kyiv suburb where hundreds of Ukrainian civilians had been found dead in the streets, the EU announced it would provide funding and support to ICC prosecutors who are investigating the alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Russia has rejected accusations that its forces were responsible for the massacre of civilians in Bucha and elsewhere, suggesting the alleged atrocities were staged by the Ukrainian side.