The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN) said there is mounting evidence of Russian war crimes committed in Ukraine. These include indiscriminate bombings and summary executions. But spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said no indications of genocide had been found.
“Russian forces indiscriminately shelled and bombarded densely populated areas. Civilians were killed and hospitals, schools and other civilian objects were destroyed. These actions could amount to war crimes,” said Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
But Russia denies targeting civilians or committing war crimes. According to Moscow, this is a “special military operation” aimed at disarming and disarming Ukraine.
Ukraine itself is no exception, according to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. “Our observers also witnessed what appeared to be the use of indiscriminate weapons (causing civilian casualties) by the Ukrainian armed forces in the east of the country,” she said in a statement.
OHCHR monitors have confirmed a total of 5,264 civilian casualties between the start of the war on February 24 and April 20. It concerns 2,345 dead and 2,919 wounded. We know the true number will be much higher once atrocities surface in areas where there has been heavy fighting. Just think of Mariupol,” Bachelet said.
OHCHR is also investigating allegations of sexual abuse by Russian military personnel and allegations by both sides of inappropriate detention of civilians.
Asked about the genocide charges, spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights had not found evidence to prove this. “It is a court that should rule on many of these legal qualifications, such as crimes against humanity and genocide. But no, we have not been able to document any patterns that could indicate that.”
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