Eri Kaneko, a spokesperson for the United Nations, said the report on the human rights situation in Ukraine would be ready by Monday and be presented in Geneva and Kiev.
The previous UN report covered the period between May 7 and June 7, and included observers’ conclusions about the Odessa fire tragedy on May 2.
UN experts conformed, in particular, that the ultra-nationalist Right Sector movement had taken part in rioting and some supporters of Ukraine’s unity had been beating supporters of federalization trying to get out of the Trade Unions House engulfed in flames.
The report also stated that the Interior Ministry and the Security Service of Ukraine had refused to cooperate with the UN to probe into the Odessa massacre.According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, “the authors of the report demonstrated a more objective approach than in the previous similar document”.
As for the rest of the report, Russia’s reaction was very negative, showing “particular outrage by hypocritical recommendation to carry out an anti-terrorist operation ‘in line with international standards’”.
“This can be treated in fact as indulgence towards a further annihilation of the peaceful population and escalation of the conflict,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said.
Pro-Kiev troops and local militias in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions are currently involved in fierce clashes as the Ukrainian armed forces continue conducting a military operation to regain control over the breakaway regions, which on May 11 proclaimed their independence at local referendums.
During the military operation, conducted since mid-April, Kiev has used armored vehicles, heavy artillery and attack aviation. According to Ukraine’s Health Ministry, 478 civilians have been killed and 1,392 wounded in it. Many buildings have been destroyed and tens of thousands of people have had to flee Ukraine’s war-torn Southeast.