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Hi, this is Pip. In the year since Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February 2022, the horrors inflicted on civilians during the war have shocked the world. The Center for Civil Liberties, which won the Nobel peace prize last year, is one of many Ukrainian organisations documenting war crimes in the country in the hope of bringing some justice to victims.

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A bird flies over new graves at the municipal cemetery in Bucha, Ukraine, April 2022. (Keystone/EPA/Oleg Petrasyuk)

One year since Russia’s invasion, Ukrainians seek justice for war crimes. The Center for Civil Liberties (CCL) has been documenting rights violations in Ukraine since 2014, but Russia’s full-scale invasion in February 2022 added new urgency to its work. It has led efforts to expose the horrors inflicted on civilians since the start of the conflict, collecting evidence of over 33,000 probable war crimes to date – work which earned the NGO the Nobel peace prize in October. As the world commemorates the one-year anniversary of the invasion, CCL’s executive director Oleksandra Romantsova says the organisation will not stop seeking justice.

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