GENEVA, October 8 (RIA Novosti) – The latest report on the human rights situation in Ukraine of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, examined by RIA Novosti on Wednesday, contains no information on mass graves, found near the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk in late September.
The sixth report on the human rights situation in Ukraine covers the period from August 18 to September 16. Last week, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric claimed the UN human rights report will address the issue of mass burial sites near Donetsk. The release date of the report has been delayed from October 3 to October 8.
On September 23, several mass graves with over 400 bodies of civilians and pro-independence fighters, apparently killed execution-style, were found northeast of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk.
Independence supporters of southeastern Ukraine claim that the massacre was carried out by Ukraine’s National Guard fighters, who had stayed in the area since April, when Kiev launched its military operation in the region. Ukrainian authorities have denied the accusation.
Earlier in the week, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the chief of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Didier Burkhalter have agreed on the importance of a thorough investigation into the incident.