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Moscow hopes UN report will make Kiev bring to justice those guilty of serious offenses

July 15, 15:04 UTC+3
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, the UN report once again states that "violations committed by Ukrainian forces, Security Service and mercenary battalions are not investigated."
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Maria Zakharova

Maria Zakharova

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MOSCOW, July 15. /TASS/. The report by the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine should encourage Kiev to punish those guilty of serious offenses, Russian Foreign Ministry’s official spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday.

"We closely studied this report. It is known that Russia has regularly raised the topic of murders and extrajudicial executions in Ukraine since 2014, when a mass grave was found near the Kommunar mine in Donbass with bodies of people allegedly killed by Ukrainian battalions of the National Guard," the diplomat said. "The information presented by the UN about crimes against the fundamental human right - the right to live - require thorough scrutiny," she added.

According to Zakharova, the UN report once again states that "violations committed by Ukrainian forces, Security Service and mercenary battalions are not investigated." "Similar situation can be seen in regard to tragedies at Maidan and in Odessa. UN noted ineffectiveness and bias of investigations, deliberate delays, attempts of the authorities to hide some facts," she noted.

"In general, the report confirms that multiple serious offenses are carried out in Ukraine with direct involvement or connivance of the authorities, and this is done in the atmosphere of impunity," Zakharova said. "We hope that the report, together with information disclosed by UN in June about tortures and abductions by Ukrainian special services, will make Kiev bring those guilty to justice," she added.

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