UN report: Credible allegations Ukrainian POWs have been tortured by Russian forces | EUROtoday

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According to the Monitoring Mission, interviews carried out with 60 not too long ago launched Ukrainian POWs painted a harrowing image of their experiences in Russian captivity.

“Almost every single one of the Ukrainian POWs we interviewed described how Russian servicepersons or officials tortured them during their captivity, using repeated beatings, electric shocks, threats of execution, prolonged stress positions and mock execution. Over half of them were subjected to sexual violence,” stated Danielle Bell, the top of HRMMU.

“Most POWs also recounted the anguish of not being allowed to communicate with their families and being deprived of adequate food and medical attention.”

Credible allegations

The report documented “credible allegations” of executions of at the least 32 Ukrainian POWsin 12 separate incidents between December and February. HRMMU has independently verified three of those incidents.

HRMMU additionally famous findings from interviews with 44 Russian POWs in Ukrainian captivitystating that whereas the POWs didn’t make any allegations of torture at established internment amenities, a number of offered credible accounts of torture and ill-treatment whereas in transit having been faraway from the battlefield.

Violations in Russian-occupied territory

In addition to the findings on POWs, the report detailed continued violence towards civilians in Ukrainian territory occupied by Russia, citing, amongst different violations, killings, arbitrary detention and restrictions on freedom of expression.

The report highlighted the Ukrainian Government’s continued prosecution and conviction of people for actions allegedly carried out below Russian occupation.

Civilian casualties remained excessive through the December 2023-February 2024 interval, with conflict-related violence resulting in the deaths of 429 civilians and injuring 1,374.

A big intensification of missile and different aerial munitions (similar to suicide unmanned aerial automobiles), along with assaults by Russia in late December and January, brought on a spike in civilian casualties in areas removed from the frontline, whereas the general civilian casualty numbers remained similar to the earlier interval.

Ukrainian cities below assault

Meanwhile, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Ukraine reported that assaults continued within the south and east of the nation on Monday and Tuesday, impacting civilians and demanding infrastructure.

Several individuals had been injured within the cities of Odesa and Kharkiv, in keeping with native authorities.

Hundreds of 1000’s of individuals stay with out energy, primarily in Odesa and Kharkiv Regions. Authorities estimate that restoring the facility to its full capability will take months. Humanitarian organizations are on the bottom, offering emergency support to individuals affected.