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Russian lawmakers welcome UN report on serious human rights violations in eastern Ukraine

November 20, 2014, 15:25 UTC+3 MOSCOW
A new UN human rights monitoring report was released Thursday
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Local residents outside a destroyed house in Donetsk region

Local residents outside a destroyed house in Donetsk region

© Mikhail Pochuyev/TASS

MOSCOW, November 20. /TASS/. Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, has positively assessed the new UN human rights monitoring report released Thursday, which urges an investigation into the use of cluster munitions by Ukraine’s troops.

“We definitely welcome the report, but it needs to be more specific, detailed and probably harsher,” Leonid Slutsky, who chairs the State Duma's committee on the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) affairs said Thursday.

The lawmaker said he is satisfied that the developments in eastern Ukraine are being discussed on the international level. He said, however, the report fails to reveal the truth about all the facts that really take place in the region.

Slutsky said this is the first important step for the UN, which Russia insists has a top place in the multi-polar world order.

A new UN human rights monitoring report released Thursday says “civilians have continued to be killed, unlawfully detained, tortured and disappeared in eastern Ukraine, and the number of internally displaced people has risen considerably despite the announcement of a ceasefire on 5 September.”

From mid-April to mid-November, at least 4,317 people were killed and 9,921 wounded in the conflict-affected area of eastern Ukraine. A total of 957 fatalities were recorded since the ceasefire began.

The number of internally displaced people (IDPs) has also sharply increased from 275,489 as of September 18 to 466,829 on November 19, according to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, the report said.

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