The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has registered thousands of civilian casualties, along with torture, rape and arbitrary detention during the six-month war in Ukraine, from August to January.
"The human rights situation in the country remains appalling against the backdrop of the Russian Federation's ongoing armed attack on Ukraine," according to the latest OHCHR report published on Friday, according to CNN.
OHCHR reported the following figures since August:
At least 1,605 people were killed and 4,382 injured, but the actual figures "are likely to be much higher, as these figures only include those cases that OHCHR was able to verify." The number of victims in such cities as Mariupol and Lysychansk has yet to be verified.
214 cases — 185 men, 24 women and 5 boys — of enforced disappearances and arbitrary detentions of civilians on the territory of Ukraine, which was or remains under the occupation of the Russian Federation, have been documented. Russian armed forces detained victims at home, at work, on the street or at checkpoints during so-called "filtration" processes.
Among those who were subsequently released, UNHCR was able to interview 89 individuals, the vast majority of whom reported torture and ill-treatment during detention. This was aimed at forcing them to "confess to providing assistance to the Ukrainian armed forces, to force them to cooperate with the occupation authorities, or to intimidate those with pro-Ukrainian views."
“Cruel treatment included beatings with batons and butts, threats to shoot the arms and legs, mutilate or execute; according to the victims, sleep deprivation and exposure to frost, sometimes after being doused with water. Some were threatened with rape," the UN report says.
OHCHR highlighted a case of repeated rape of a woman during detention by servicemen of the Russian armed forces and the Russian Security Service (FSB).
According to her testimony, she and her husband were blindfolded and taken to the men's base. "The man who introduced himself as the commander told her: "Tell me how much you love Ukraine now. We will knock Ukraine out of you," the UN reports.
We will remind you that President Volodymyr Zelenskyі, during a meeting with UN Secretary General António Guterres, said that Ukraine is now deciding what the future of the UN will be and what global role it will play in the future.
The head of the UN independent international commission to investigate violations in Ukraine, Eric Möse, said on March 16 that the investigation into human rights violations in Ukraine did not find evidence of Russia committing genocide.