UN reports 142 confirmed cases of Ukrainians executed by Russia since February 24, 2022
On Tuesday, December 19, United Nations human rights chief Volker Turk stated that Russia has failed to adequately protect the civilian population in Ukraine and there are indications that Russian forces have committed war crimes
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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Turk noted that his office's monitoring shows "gross violations of international human rights law, serious violations of international humanitarian law, and war crimes, primarily by the forces of the Russian Federation."
These violations, Turk stated during a Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, encompass 142 instances of extrajudicial executions of civilians since Russia's invasion of Ukraine last February. Other reported offenses include enforced disappearances, torture, and mistreatment of prisoners, including sexual violence.
Russia vehemently denies allegations of atrocities and attacks on the civilian population in Ukraine.
"There has been extensive failure by the Russian Federation to take adequate measures to protect civilians and protect civilian objects against the effects of their attacks," Turk declared.
He stressed that the armed forces of both countries, particularly Russia, must adhere to international human rights and humanitarian law.
"They must cease the use of explosive weapons with wide-area effects in populated areas, and scrupulously map the location of mines," he concluded.
- On December 17, the first deputy permanent representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, Dmitry Polyanskiy, claimed that Ukraine had missed the opportunity to reach a beneficial peace agreement.