Geneva: The UN Human Rights Office has described the war in Ukraine as a “horror story of violations against civilians” and said it has seen growing evidence of war crimes in the country.
The UN monitoring mission in Ukraine has documented the unlawful killing of 50 people in Bucha and such wilful killings amount to war crimes, the office said in a statement, adding that UN investigations show Bucha was not an isolated incident.
“Almost every resident of Bucha had a story about the death of a relative, a neighbour or even a stranger,” UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet said.
The mission has received allegations of more than 300 unlawful killings of civilians in the regions of Kyiv, Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Sumy, all areas that were previously occupied by Russian armed forces, the statement said, reports The Guardian.
Allegations of sexual violence against women, men, girls and boys by members of the Russian armed forces in Ukraine have “increasingly surfaced”, it added. Bachelet made an urgent appeal to all those fighting to ensure international humanitarian law and international human rights law is respected, and to investigate all allegations of violations.
“This means distinguishing between civilian and military objects. It means not targeting or deliberately killing civilians. It means not committing sexual violence.”
People, including prisoners of war, must not be tortured. Civilians, prisoners and others hors de combat must be treated humanely,” Bachelet said.