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UN Rights Council approves probe into alleged Russian abuses

Inquiry will investigate alleged atrocities in regions near Ukrainian capital that were temporarily held by Russian troops.

The UN Human Rights Council has approved an investigation into possible war crimes by Russian troops in Ukraine.

Members of the council voted 33 to two on Thursday in favour of a resolution brought forward by Kyiv to order a Commission of Inquiry to probe alleged atrocities in several regions around the Ukrainian capital that were temporarily held by Russian troops.

China was one of the two members to vote against Thursday’s resolution. The other was Eritrea. Twelve member states, including Cuba, Kazakhstan, India, Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Venezuela, abstained from the vote.

🔴 BREAKING

The Human Rights Council has voted to increase scrutiny on the “deteriorating human rights situation in #Ukraine stemming from the Russian aggression,” particularly given events in #Mariupol and several other towns and cities.

✅ YES: 33
❌ NO: 2
➖ ABSTENTIONS:

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