UN: international law violated by both sides

Both Russia and Ukraine, according to the United Nations, violate human rights and international humanitarian law during the war.

Both the RF Armed Forces and the Armed Forces of Ukraine place military facilities near civilian buildings, using civilians as a “human shield”. This was stated in Geneva on July 5 by Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

There are other violations, she says: torture and ill-treatment of prisoners of war, and those responsible for these acts are not held accountable. Rape and other cases of sexual violence have been recorded both in the territories controlled by Russia and in those controlled by Ukraine. Michelle Bachelet notes, quotes bb.lv:

According to the UN, there are serious concerns that the offensives waged by the Russian military are incompatible with international humanitarian law. Probably the same applies to the Ukrainian armed forces in the east of the country, although “to a much lesser extent.” For every victim of this senseless war, Bachelet says, killing, torture, arbitrary detention must stop.

Speaking at the UN Human Rights Council, Michelle Bachelet said that in the war in Ukraine 17 journalists killed, 14 more were wounded. One journalist was kidnapped by the Russian military and tortured; the journalist died shortly after his release. In addition, the UN monitoring mission recorded seven cases of kidnapping of media workers in the territories occupied by Russian troops.

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