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Zelensky flees UN meeting as Russia calls out Ukraine’s crimes

The UN Security Council allowed Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky to address it by video-link on Wednesday, after an exception was made to the in-person-only rules that Moscow’s envoy alone sought to uphold. After denouncing Russia, Zelensky decided to leave before Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia called out his government and its …

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West wants to ‘absolve’ itself from its own crimes – Serbia

It is not in Serbia’s interests to reduce cooperation with Russia and to “absolve” the West of its crimes, the interior minister says Serbia says it is not interested in diminishing its “closeness and cooperation” with Moscow, adding that by trying to force Belgrade to impose sanctions on Russia, the …

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US demands another war-crimes probe in Ukraine

The US is pushing members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to launch another fact-finding mission aimed at digging up and ultimately prosecuting alleged Russian war crimes. “We’re getting ready to deploy another fact-finding mission precisely to look at evidence of war crimes and possible crimes …

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Rights groups accuse French arms makers of war crimes complicity

Three human rights organizations have sued French arms manufacturers Dassault Aviation, Thales, and MBDA France for selling weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, charging that the sales amount to complicity in alleged war crimes committed by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. The lawsuit, initiated by the European …

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Ukraine fires top official behind claims of Russian war crimes

Ukrainian lawmakers voted on Tuesday to remove the nation’s human rights commissioner, Lyudmila Denisova, from her post. The official has been accused of failing to perform duties and in particular of spreading unverified information about atrocities supposedly committed by Russian troops in Ukraine. Such actions only tarnished Ukraine’s image, MPs …

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China votes against UN probe into alleged Russian war crimes

China has voted against a UN Human Rights Council investigation into possible Russian war crimes in Ukraine amid concern that the probe is politically motivated, shifting from its previous stance of abstaining on the conflict. “We have noted that in recent years the politicization and confrontation at the [council] has …

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US committed crimes against Indigenous children – report

Nearly 500 pupils died while attending federal boarding schools aimed at assimilating Indigenous children, according to an investigative report published by the US Department of the Interior on Wednesday. The findings suggest that, from 1819 to 1969, several generations of Native American kids were separated from their parents and placed …

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Putin asks Macron to help stop Ukrainian ‘war crimes’

The West can help stop “war crimes” allegedly carried out by Ukrainian forces if it uses its influence over Kiev and ceases the supply of weapons to the country, Russian President Vladimir Putin told his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, according to the Kremlin. During their phone conversation, which reportedly …

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Syria grants amnesty for ‘terrorist crimes’

Syrian President Bashar Assad issued a decree on Saturday granting amnesty to Syrians for terrorist crimes up to the end of April, except those leading to death. Assad has extended similar olive branches to deserters, criminals and opposition fighters before, often to the displeasure of the US. Assad’s decree, first …

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