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Evidence of torture in east Ukraine presented to Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly

March 31, 2015, 10:56 UTC+3 HANOI

The documents were prepared and presented by the Russian parliamentary delegation

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HANOI, March 31. /TASS/. Video footage and printed matter in English giving evidence of violence against civilians of Ukraine’s southeast, including torture, have been presented at the 132nd Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The documents were prepared and presented by the Russian parliamentary delegation. "The world must learn the truth about torture in Donbas, we have documentary evidence of violence against and killings of civilians by Ukrainian law enforcement troops," said Valentina Petrenko, a member of the Russian delegation.

People taken prisoner by Ukrainian troops had been questioned for the report, she said. "These materials tell us about hundreds of killed civilians, show thousands of destroyed civilian facilities, residential buildings, apartments," said Valentina Petrenko, member of the upper house’s committee for social policy and chairperson of the Mothers of Russia civic movement.

"We hope very much that the materials we are circulating among IPU delegations will help to draw attention of the global community to the developments in the southeast of Ukraine and to work out mechanisms to influence those fighting against the peaceful population," Petrenko added.

The Inter-Parliamentary Union, established in 1889, is an influential parliamentary organization brings together more than 160 countries.

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