: AFP: UN accuses Ukrainian authorities and separatists of torture

14:29 Jun. 3, 2016

AFP: UN accuses Ukrainian authorities and separatists of torture

A Russian-backed separatist walks through an overrun Ukrainian check point, March 11, 2015. (Getty Images)

Fresh report claims both sides have tortured prisoners

The United Nations Friday accused both the Ukrainian authorities and pro-Russian rebels of torturing fighters and their sympathizers captured in the separatist east.

The condemnation from the world governing body came with violence once again flaring after a period of relative calm in the 25-month war.

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The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said 9,371 people have been killed and 21,532 wounded since the revolt against the pro-Western government in Kiev began in Ukraine's industrial heartland in April 2014.

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