WASHINGTON – The US government has sent a letter to the United Nations’ human rights chief in Geneva saying it has “credible information” that Russian forces have drawn up lists of Ukrainian nationals to be killed. or sent to a detention center as a result of being a Russian. invade and occupy the country, according to a copy of the letter was Sunday by The New York Times.
The letter, addressed to Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations’ high commissioner for human rights, also said Russian forces planned to commit widespread human rights abuses, including torture and kidnapping. civilians.
Potential targets will be opponents of Russia’s actions, including dissidents from Russia and Belarus living in Ukraine, journalists, anti-corruption activists, and members of political groups. minority and religious groups and the LGBTQ community.
“We also have reliable information that Russian forces are likely to use lethal means to disperse peaceful protests or resist peaceful exercises in the face of civilian resistance. ,” the letter was signed by Bathsheba Nell Crocker, US Ambassador to the United Nations. office in Geneva.
Three US officials confirmed the authenticity of the letter and its contents.
The letter notes that US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken has raised concerns about human rights with the United Nations Security Council. when he spoke to that body on Thursday. “In particular, he stated that the United States had information indicating that Russia would be targeting specific groups of Ukrainians,” the letter read.
During that session, Mr. Blinken told Russian officials they could demonstrate their peaceful intentions to the world by not invading Ukraine and instead resolving their grievances through diplomacy. Mr. Blinken is scheduled to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov in Europe this Thursday, unless Russia invades Ukraine first.
Presidents Biden and Mr. Blinken said US intelligence showed that Russian President Vladimir V. Putin had decided to invade. In recent weeks, Putin has amassed as many as 190,000 troops around Ukraine. Russian-backed rebels in the east have increased their shelling of Ukrainian military forces in recent days.
Mr. Putin invaded parts of Ukraine in 2014 and annexed the country’s Crimea peninsula. Mr. Biden promised impose harsh economic sanctions on Russia’s side should Putin mount another invasion.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/20/world/europe/us-russia-ukraine-kill-list.html US says Russia has a list of Ukrainians to kill or detain