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Ukraine: Amnesty tell Yatsenyuk to stop battallion war crimes00:36

Ukraine: Amnesty tell Yatsenyuk to stop battallion war crimes

Ukraine, Kiev
September 8, 2014 at 00:10 GMT +00:00 · Published

In a meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk Monday, Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty urged the Ukrainian government to stop abuses and war crimes by volunteer battalions operating alongside regular Ukrainian armed forces. Among the crimes Amnesty recorded were: abductions, unlawful detentions, ill-treatment, extortion, robbery and possible executions.

The call came as Amnesty International published fresh research collected on the ground in the northern Lugansk region, which documented war crimes commited by the Aidar Volunteer battalion. Aidar is one of more than thirty volunteer batallions which have been integrated into Ukrainian security structures as they aim to recapture areas held by the militias and activists pushing for autonomy from Kiev.

Amnesty's report laid blame for civilian lifes and the breaking of international norms on "all sides of the conflict."

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In a meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk Monday, Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty urged the Ukrainian government to stop abuses and war crimes by volunteer battalions operating alongside regular Ukrainian armed forces. Among the crimes Amnesty recorded were: abductions, unlawful detentions, ill-treatment, extortion, robbery and possible executions.

The call came as Amnesty International published fresh research collected on the ground in the northern Lugansk region, which documented war crimes commited by the Aidar Volunteer battalion. Aidar is one of more than thirty volunteer batallions which have been integrated into Ukrainian security structures as they aim to recapture areas held by the militias and activists pushing for autonomy from Kiev.

Amnesty's report laid blame for civilian lifes and the breaking of international norms on "all sides of the conflict."

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