UN decries prisoner of war torture, killings on both side of Russia-Ukraine conflict

UN decries prisoner of war torture, killings on both side of Russia-Ukraine conflict

UN human rights displays have documented dozens of abstract killings of Ukrainian and Russian prisoners of war (PoW), in addition to the use of torture, human shields and different abuses in opposition to PoWs since Russia invaded its neighbour that might quantity to war crimes, in accordance with a report launched Friday.

The primary full look by the UN human rights workplace’s mission in Ukraine on the therapy of PoWs was launched together with an replace of human rights violations total from a six-month interval that ran by means of January. The report was based mostly on interviews with about 400 PoWs, half of them Ukrainians who have been launched and the opposite half Russians held captive in Ukraine.

The group stated it had no entry to PoWs held in Russia or Russia-occupied components of Ukraine the place it recognized 48 internment websites. The mission stated it nonetheless documented some 40 abstract executions over the course of the 13-month war.

The UN rights workplace, which has had a monitoring group in Ukraine since preventing broke out in areas of jap Ukraine claimed by Russia-backed separatists in 2014, has stated its findings are based mostly on confirmed circumstances and sometimes understate precise tolls.

“We’re deeply involved in regards to the abstract execution of as much as 25 Russian prisoners of war and individuals ordered to fight by Ukrainian armed forces, which we’ve documented,” Matilda Bogner, the pinnacle of the UN monitoring mission, stated at a Kyiv information convention.

On this screengrab from a video launched by the Ukrainian presidential workplace, an individual in navy garb smokes a cigarette earlier than being shot. Ukraine alleges, with out offering additional proof, that the person was an unarmed Ukrainian prisoner of war killed by Russian troopers. CBC Information has determined to blur the picture of the individual as a result of graphic nature of the incident (Ukrainian Presidential Workplace/The Related Press)

Bogner laid out abuses allegedly dedicated by both sides however famous that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was on the root of the violence in opposition to civilians and PoWs. She stated Ukrainian prosecutors have been investigating some circumstances, however none had been taken but to courtroom.

“In relation to the therapy of Ukrainian prisoners of war, we’re additionally deeply involved by the abstract execution of 15 Ukrainian prisoners of war shortly after being captured by Russian armed forces,” Bogner stated. “The Wagner Group — navy and safety contractors — perpetrated 11 of these executions.”

It additionally documented 5 circumstances by which Ukrainian PoWs had died after being tortured or in any other case ill-treated, and 4 circumstances of demise resulting from a scarcity of medical consideration throughout internment.

The report discovered that whereas abuse of PoWs happened on both sides, it was way more frequent in opposition to Ukrainians — greater than 9 in 10 of interviewees reported abuse — than in opposition to Russians, about half of whom testified to abuse.

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In its replace on rights abuses affecting different teams, the rights workplace stated kids from the town of Kharkiv in northeastern Ukraine have been despatched to “summer season camps” in Russia with their mother and father’ consent however weren’t returned residence as anticipated after the holiday interval. A number of components of Kharkiv province have been occupied by Russia final 12 months earlier than Ukraine’s navy reclaimed them in a late summer season counteroffensive.

Some 200 kids set to a camp within the Russian metropolis of Krasnodarskyi Krai, remained after the summer season and have been enrolled in an area faculty, in accordance with the second report. The replace famous that Russian authorities stated in October that as many as 2,500 kids from Ukraine have been residing in non permanent lodging centres in Russia, and a few had remained there.

However the proper workplace cautioned that it remained unclear what number of unaccompanied kids have been positioned in camps, non permanent lodging or institutionalized care in Russia, in addition to what number of kids have been transferred there with their mother and father.

The UN reported earlier this week that it had recorded the deaths of 8,317 civilians in Ukraine since Russia’s invaded on Feb. 24, 2022, and the injuring of one other 13,809 individuals in reference to the conflict. It cautioned that these figures understated the precise casualties. .