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Russia has lists of Ukrainians ‘to be killed or sent to camps’, US warns UN

Washington has warned the UN chief of rights that Russia has lists of Ukrainians “to be killed or sent to camps” in the event of an invasion, according to a letter received by AFP on Sunday.

The letter, which came as Washington warned of an imminent invasion by Russian troops gathered near the Ukrainian border, says the United States is “deeply concerned” and warns of a possible “human rights catastrophe”.

The United States has “credible information indicating that Russian troops are preparing lists of identified Ukrainians to be killed or sent to camps after military occupation,” the letter said.

“We also have credible information that Russian forces are likely to take deadly measures to disperse peaceful protests or otherwise counter peaceful exercises of perceived resistance from the civilian population,” the message, addressed to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said. , Michelle Bachelet.

The note, signed by Bathsheba Nell Crocker, the US ambassador to the UN in Geneva, warns that a Russian invasion of Ukraine could involve abuses such as kidnapping or torture, including targeting political dissidents and religious and ethnic groups. minorities.

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In an email to AFP on Monday, the UN law firm confirmed “that we received a letter this morning from the United States Permanent Mission in Geneva”.

“We are investigating,” spokesperson Elizabeth Throssell wrote.

Russia has deployed more than 150,000 troops near Ukraine’s borders in recent weeks, the United States and Western allies estimate.

Moscow denies planning to attack its neighbor but wants guarantees that Ukraine will never join NATO and that the Western alliance will remove troops from Eastern Europe, demands the West has rejected.

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