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 UN has reliable information on movement of Russian troops and heavy weaponry across Ukrainian border

U.N. monitors said active fighting has decreased, but warn that the situation could develop into a protracted conflict or escalate again. Both scenarios would have dire consequences for the civilian population and be harmful to human rights for many years.

Censor.NET reports citing Voice of America.

A new report from the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva said the situation in eastern Ukraine remains volatile two years into the war between Russian-backed armed separatists and the government.

The report accuses the armed rulers of eastern Ukraine of widespread human rights violations and abuses. It says 2.7 million civilians living under their control have no freedom of expression, assembly and association.

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U.N. Human Rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani reported about a worrying increase in heavy weaponry near the front line.

There have been strongly credible reports of servicemen from across the border from Russia coming into and out of Ukrainian territory, Shamdasani said. The same goes for heavy weaponry as well. There have been very credible reports, she said.

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According to the report, 9,371 people have died and 21,523 more suffered injuries since the beginning of hostilities in the Donbas.

Earlier, Ukraine called on the International Criminal Court to investigate war crimes of Russia and militants in the Donbas.

 
 
 
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