Illustrative photo – Russian soldiers during fighting in an unspecified location in Ukraine in a photo by the Russian Ministry of Defense, March 21, 2023.
Geneva – The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination said today that it is deeply concerned about human rights violations committed by Russian troops and private military groups in Ukraine. These are cases of disappearances, torture, rape and extrajudicial executions. According to the agency, the committee is calling on Russian authorities to investigate allegations of human rights abuses in the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“The committee is deeply concerned about the gross human rights violations committed by Russian Federation troops and private military companies,” the committee said in a statement. Reuters writes that representatives of the Russian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva did not comment on him. The private mercenary group Wagner (Vagnerov in Russian transcription) is infamous for cruelty.
The committee mentions, for example, excessive use of force, arbitrary detention of people, killing or forced transportation of Ukrainian children to Russia. However, he is also concerned that Russia is recruiting soldiers from among ethnic minorities and “inciting racial hatred and supporting racist stereotypes about ethnic Ukrainians”. According to the committee, manifestations of racial intolerance against Ukrainians also appear on Russian state television.
Reuters reminds that human rights defenders from Buryatsk in the Russian Far East accuse the authorities of focusing on remote areas when recruiting reinforcements for the Russian army areas with ethnic minorities so as not to turn residents of Moscow and other large cities against each other.
Russia, which the committee said has refused to provide information about the conflict, denies that its military is committing atrocities in Ukraine and is deliberately targeting on civilian targets. Moscow also rejects accusations of deportation of Ukrainian children to Russia, according to it, it is about their evacuation to safe places.