The torture and deportation of 2.5 million people were among the shocking details of human rights abuses against Ukrainian civilians recounted at a United Nations Security Council meeting on Wednesday.
Ukraine’s deputy ambassador to the UN Khrystyna Hayovyshyn told the council that 2.5 million people, including 38,000 children, had been expelled from the country under a Russian “filtering” program.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has also recorded cases of “filtering,” the office said. In these cases, “the Russian armed forces and affiliated armed groups have subjected people to body searches, sometimes involving forced nudity and detailed background checks, family ties, political views and personal loyalty involved”, according to Ilze Brands Kehris, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights.
Brands Kehris said there were credible allegations of forced transfer of Ukrainian children to “territory occupied by Russia or the Russian Federation itself”.
She added: “We are concerned that the Russian authorities have applied a simple procedure to grant Russian citizenship to children who do not have parental care and these children will be eligible to apply for citizenship. adopted by Russian families.
In addition, Brands Kehris said that men and women “who are considered to have ties to the armed forces or Ukrainian state institutions, or to hold pro-Ukrainian or anti-Russian views” are tortured, detained, and detained. arbitrarily and “forcibly disappeared”.
Russian officials say accusations of “filtering” are unfounded, adding that new arrivals to the country must go through “registration” rather than filtering.
Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia said in a speech to the UN Security Council on Wednesday that refugees and displaced people in Russia receive health and financial support.
It is regrettable that human rights groups are making baseless accusations against Russia, Nebenzia said. “We wasted our time” discussing the issue rather than the actual issues, the ambassador added.
Meanwhile, Rosemary DiCarlo, United Nations Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Peace-Building, said more than 6.9 million people are still internally displaced in Ukraine, with most of those newly displaced. moved from eastern and southern Ukraine.
She said 5,718 civilians were killed, including 372 children, and 8,199 were injured, including 635 children.
DiCarlo added that “these are only verified numbers and the actual number could be significantly higher.”