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The Human Rights Council of the UN toon Thursday tested a resolution to launch an investigation into possible war crimes committed by Russian troops in the kyiv area and other areas, a move Russia says amounts to a political reckoning.

The UN Human Rights Council has demanded this Thursday access to people transferred to Russia in the framework of the invasion of Ukraine, alleging that they have information that they may have been forced to move.

Specifically, it calls for humanitarian workers to have “immediate” access to people who have allegedly been trafficked since Ukraine to Russiaafter mayors, local officials and citizens have denounced that people have ended up in Russia against their will.

The body has adopted a resolution -33 of the 37 members have voted in favour, twelve have abstained and China and Eritrea have voted against- after a special session in which he condemned the atrocities perpetrated in Ukraine, documented by UN experts in the Ukrainian territories occupied by Russia. Specifically, it mentions torture or sexual violence, among others.

During the session, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has denounced that all kinds of abuses continue to be committed in Ukraine that could constitute war crimes and that have civilians as the main victims, as has been shown by the discovery of more than a thousand corpses in the kyiv region and the «Thousands» of deaths estimated to be in Mariúpol, scene of «unimaginable horrors».

Bachelet took stock this Thursday of a war that, to this day, still does not have a clear number of victims, since although she has confirmed the death of some 3,500 civilians, she assumes that «the actual data is probably much higher».

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