It’s long been proven that since 2016 Russian military and mercenaries of the Wagner private military company have been taking part in the civil war in Libya, ongoing since 2011.

Although Moscow has officially rejected allegations of its involvement, there is sufficient evidence backing reports on Russian military actively fighting on Libyan soil. During this civil war, Russian mercenaries marked their participation with acts of torture, vandalism, and a bloody trail of corpses they left behind.

After the most recent retreat of Haftar’s forces alongside Russian mercenaries in the area of Tarhuna, a lot of bodies were found in city hospitals (including bodies of women and children), containers where prisoners had been burnt alive, wells with the bones of executed captives, and at least eight fresh mass graves.

Preliminary reports claim dozens were buried alive there. It remains a challenging task to find out the exact number of bodies thrown into those mass graves. In one of those horrific sites, for example, at least two dozen badly decomposed bodies, which could be of entire families, had been exhumed.

UN mission monitors in Libya said they welcomed the decision made by the Libyan justice chief to set up an investigation committee, and called on its members to start work as soon as possible to study the sites of mass graves, identify victims, establish cause of death, and hand over the bodies to families.