Director of the Kharkiv Human Rights Group Yevhen Zakharov said at a news conference in Kyiv, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.
According to him, Ukrainian law enforcement agencies should have documented these crimes and instituted criminal proceedings against persons who commit them. But this work is done by NGOs that collect data, register such crimes, and file claims to the European Court of Human Rights regarding violation of the relevant articles of the European Convention.
He also stressed that since the beginning of the conflict in the Donbas, a number of extraordinary human rights violations has been recorded in the anti-terrorist operation area: mass extrajudicial executions, politically motivated abductions, tortures, illegal imprisonment, sexual violence, etc. "These crimes have become widespread and systematic," the human rights activist remarked.
"We haven't had such crimes before. This is the first time we have faced these violations, and it all emerged after the beginning of Russia's armed aggression and the establishment of its simulacra in the territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, namely the so-called "Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics," he said.
As of May 26, 3,044 Ukrainians had been found or released from captivity over the two years of the war.
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