UN: Torture of Ukrainians by Russian forces is a crime against humanity

Russian soldiers / Photo: EPA-EFE/SERGEI ILNITSKY

Russian torture methods in the occupied parts of Ukraine were so brutal that they led to the death of some victims, said Eric Mose, head of the United Nations (UN) commission of inquiry.

The chairman of the Ukrainian Commission of Inquiry, Eric Mose, says his team has gathered additional evidence indicating that torture by Russian armed forces in areas under their control was widespread and systematic.

- In some cases the torture was so brutal that it caused the death of the victim, he said.

The commission led by Mose toured parts of Ukraine previously occupied by Russian forces, such as the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions. It was established that the torture mainly took place in detention centers under the control of the Russian authorities.

According to the commission, the actions of Russian forces in Ukraine, including torture, may constitute crimes against humanity.

Russia denies committing crimes or targeting civilians in Ukraine. Moscow was given the opportunity to respond to the allegations at a Commission hearing, but no Russian representative appeared.


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