MOSCOW, October 20. /TASS/. A recent report by an independent international commission investigating human rights violations in Ukraine, which was created based on the UN Human Rights Council’s anti-Russian resolution, ignores the actual situation and proves the collective West’s crimes, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Thursday.
"This is another propaganda tool that the collective West uses," she added. "Such documents eliminate the very essence of United Nations institutions, including the Human Rights Council, because they have become a platform for those who use every opportunity to spread disinformation," Zakharova pointed out.
In this regard, the diplomat noted that "the commission turns a blind eye to the crimes committed by Kiev’s armed forces against civilians in Donbass, the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions." "The commission also failed to evaluate the Ukrainian military’s tactics to use civilians as human shields, deploy heavy artillery to and establish combat positions in civilian facilities," she added.
According to Zakharova, the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, which was created in 2014 based on bilateral agreements between Kiev and the then UN high commissioner on human rights "completely discredited itself." "Needless to say that many of its members were Ukrainian nationals recruited on the spot, whose political views and preferences aren’t a secret to anyone," the Russian diplomat stressed.