A UN report into the atrocities of the war in Ukraine has uncovered dozens of prisoner of war deaths and abuses on both sides of the conflict.
UN decries torture, killing of Ukrainian, Russian POWs
UN human rights monitors have documented dozens of summary killings of Ukrainian and Russian prisoners of war, as well as other possible war crimes such as the use of torture, human shields and other abuses against POWs since Russia invaded its neighbour, according to a report.
The first full look by the UN human rights office’s mission in Ukraine at the treatment of POWs was released on Friday along with an update of human rights violations overall from a six-month period that ran through January. The report was based on interviews with about 400 POWs - half Ukrainians who had been released and the other half Russians held captive in Ukraine.
The team said it had no access to POWs held in Russia or in Russia-occupied parts of Ukraine where it identified 48 internment sites. The mission said it nonetheless documented some 40 summary executions over the course of the 13-month war.
The UN rights office, which has had a monitoring team in Ukraine since fighting broke out in areas of eastern Ukraine claimed by Russia-backed separatists in 2014, has said its findings are based on confirmed cases and typically understate actual tolls.