Press conference by the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine

Press center UCMC announce

Attention! In case of an air alert, visitors of the event can use the shelter located in the basement of the Ukrainian House ( Ukraine Crisis Media Center
Ukrainian House, 1st floor. 2 Khreshchatyk street, Kyiv 01001 )

Members of the United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine will hold a hybrid press conference in Kyiv on Friday, 2 December towards the conclusion of their visit to Ukraine. 

Commissioners Erik Møse (Chair), Jasminka Džumhur and Pablo de Greiff will update the media about preliminary conclusions of their second mission to the country from 28 November to 4 December.

The Commissioners intend to visit several locations in Ukraine as part of their ongoing fact-finding mission to investigate alleged human rights violations and abuses, international humanitarian law violations, and related crimes, and to meet with victims, witnesses and internally displaced persons. 

They will also meet government officials, the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman), local authorities, members of civil society, representatives of United Nations agencies and the diplomatic corps to discuss the situation in the country.

Date and time: Friday, 2 December 2022 at 13:00 Kyiv time (12:00 CET).

Venue for in-person participation: 

Ukraine Crisis Media Center
Ukrainian House, 1st floor
2 Khreshchatyk street, Kyiv 01001

Remote participation: 

via Zoom – please register by 18:00 Kyiv time (17:00 CET) on 1 December with Saule Mukhametrakhimova, Commission of Inquiry Media Adviser (details below); a link and password will be sent to journalists who confirm their participation; 

or via livestream on: – Ukraine crisis media center 

Please note that current power outages in Ukraine may affect the conduct of the event including loss of connection for those connecting via Zoom and watching livestream.

Media contacts: In Vienna, Saule Mukhametrakhimova, Commission of Inquiry Media Adviser, at [email protected] / +43 676 3493464; In Geneva: Todd Pitman, Investigations Support Unit Media Adviser, [email protected] /  +41 76 691 1761, Rolando Gómez, HRC Media Officer, [email protected] / +41 79 477 4411

Background: The UN’s Human Rights Council created the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine to investigate all alleged violations and abuses of human rights, violations of international humanitarian law, and related crimes that may have been committed in the context of the aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine. The fact-finding mission is led by three Commissioners: Erik Møse of Norway (Chair), Jasminka Džumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Pablo de Greiff of Colombia. The Commission is required to present its findings and recommendations, including on accountability measures relating to those responsible for the violations, to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2023.  

More information about the work of the Commission can be found here