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Author: Christopher Miller
Amnesty International: Extrajudicial Killings in Ukraine Misrecorded and Misreported
KIEV, Ukraine - Amnesty International said it has found evidence of extrajudicial killings by pro-Russian separatists and Kiev regular and irregular forces in eastern Ukraine, but not to the extent reported by Russian media and authorities. Through interviews with several local residents in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, including victims, family members, eyewitnesses, local officials, medical personnel and fighters on both sides, Amnesty also found that the incidents, which it said violate international humanitarian law and constitute war crimes, have been greatly misrecorded and misreported by all sides as part of a "Propaganda war." "There is no doubt that summary killings and atrocities are being committed by both pro-Russian separatists and pro-Kiev forces in eastern Ukraine, but is difficult to get an accurate sense of the scale of these abuses," said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty's Europe and Central Asia director. The Amnesty report comes after Russian media reported the discoveries of "Mass graves" in Komunar and Nyzhnya Krynka, neighboring villages in the Donetsk region, on Sept. 23, two days after Ukrainian forces retreated from the areas. On a visit to the area on Sept. 26, Amnesty investigators did find evidence implicating Ukrainian government-controlled forces in the extrajudicial executions of four men buried in Komunar. Victims of beatings during the period of separatist rule in the towns attributed their injuries to accidents, oftentimes saying that they "Fell into the garage pit," according to Amnesty. Amnesty has cataloged several allegations of execution-style and other deliberate murders of pro-Ukrainian activists and suspected sympathizers, local criminals and detained combatants in eastern Ukraine by separatist forces since the start of the conflict in mid-April. With the report's release, Amnesty called on authorities on both sides to investigate all cases.

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