Thu. Dec 8th, 2022

The UN human rights chief said on Thursday that Russian strikes on critical infrastructure in Ukraine since October have killed at least 77 civilians and plunged millions of people into extreme hardship.

Much of the country was left without heating and electricity after Russia’s most devastating airstrikes on its power grid. Since early October, Russia has launched missiles about once a week in an attempt to destroy Ukraine’s power grid.

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Moscow acknowledges the attacks on basic infrastructure but denies targeting civilians, saying it aims to reduce Ukraine’s ability to fight and encourage it to negotiate. Kyiv says such attacks are a war crime.

“Millions have been pushed into extreme hardship and terrible living conditions because of these strikes,” Volker Turk said in a statement. “Taken as a whole, this creates serious problems under international humanitarian law, which requires a concrete and direct military advantage for any object attacked.”

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In the same statement, he said that a preliminary UN analysis of videos that appeared to show Ukrainian soldiers killing Russian prisoners of war indicated that they were “highly likely to be authentic”. Kyiv has previously said it will investigate any alleged abuses by its armed forces.

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A UN monitoring team said both Russia and Ukraine tortured prisoners of war.

Turk called on both Russia and Ukraine to issue clear instructions to their forces on the treatment of prisoners of war and said all allegations of summary executions should be fully investigated.