UN calls for investigation of human rights violations in Ilovaysk encirclement

09.08.2018, Kiev.

The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine urged the Ukrainian government to investigate human rights violations against civilians committed in the Ilovaysk encirclement in 2014, RIA Novosti reported on August 9.

According to the Head of the Mission Fiona Frazer, four years after the events all the investigations carried out by the Ukrainian side fail to fully reflect the human rights violations and the violations of international humanitarian law.

Frazer called for the Ukrainian government to ensure that those responsible for the human rights violations are brought to justice, and victims receive compensations.

The report focuses on the civilians and people who stopped taking part in hostilities; the Ukrainian government must perform a prompt and effective investigation of these particular cases, which took place during the Ilovaysk events, Frazer said at a briefing.

In late August 2014, a Ukrainian army group was encircled near Ilovaysk, Donetsk region, and it suffered serious loses. According to the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine, 366 servicemen were killed, 429 suffered wounds of various degrees of severity, and 300 were taken captive in the encirclement. Also, the Ukrainian army suffered major losses in equipment. The estimated amount of damage is 300 million hryvnyas (11.6 million dollars).

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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