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    UN Report Finds Russia Tortured, Executed Civilians in Ukraine; Kyiv Also Abused Detainees

    UN Report Finds Russia Tortured, Executed Civilians in Ukraine; Kyiv Also Abused Detainees

    — Russian forces carried out widespread and systematic torture of civilians who were detained in connection with its attack on Ukraine, summarily executing dozens of them, the United Nations human rights office said Tuesday.

    The global body interviewed hundreds of victims and witnesses for a report detailing more than 900 cases of civilians, including children and elderly people, being arbitrarily detained in the conflict, most of them by .

    The vast majority of those interviewed said they were tortured and in some cases subjected to sexual violence during detention by Russian forces, the head of the U.N. human rights office in Ukraine said.

    “Torture was used to force victims to confess to helping Ukrainian armed forces, compel them to cooperate with the occupying authorities or intimidate those with -Ukrainian views,” said Matilda Bogner.

    The report, which covers a 15-month period from the of the Russian invasion to May 2023, also documented 75 cases of arbitrary detention by Ukrainian security forces, saying a significant proportion of these also amounted to enforced disappearances.

    More than half of those detained by Ukrainian forces also reported being tortured or mistreated, usually while they were being interrogated or immediately after arrest, said Bogner.

    Ukraine gave U.N. investigators “unimpeded confidential access” to detainees at official detention centers, with the…

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