Russia has carried out extrajudicial executions of more than 70 civilians among those detained in Ukraine’s occupied territories since the start of the war. A report titled “Detention of Civilians in the Context of the Russian Federation’s Armed Assault on Ukraine” was released by the United Nations on Tuesday.
The study covers the period from February 24, 2022, to May 23, 2023.
In total, the UN monitoring mission was able to confirm the arbitrary detentions of more than 800 people during this period.
“We have documented the executions of a total of 77 civilians who were arbitrarily detained by the Russian Federation”, Matilda Bogner, head of the UN Human Rights Mission in Ukraine, said at a briefing in Geneva.
According to the authors of the report, they are 72 men and five women. According to the report, at least one more detainee died “as a result of torture, inhumane detention conditions and/or denial of necessary medical assistance”.
The report also states that Ukraine has also violated international law by arbitrarily detaining civilians, but on a much smaller scale.