“Azovstal” Discussed in PACE and the UN

by Meifan Honcharuk
Tuesday, June 27, 2023
“Azovstal” Discussed in PACE and the UN

The association of families of defenders of "Azovstal" told international institutions about Russian bullying, raping, beating and strangulating the Ukrainian POWs

Representatives of families of Mariupol defenders made reports in Geneva at the 52nd session of the UN Human Rights Council and the PACE meeting in Strasbourg.

The UN session was devoted to the crimes of the Russian Federation against human rights, in particular, the rights of women. International representatives examined the confirmed facts of the crimes of the Kremlin's military against humanity and the Ukrainian population. In addition to representatives of international organisations and members of the UN, the Coordination headquarters of Ukraine on the treatment of prisoners of war, defenders of Mariupol, who were captured by the Russians, Serhii Aleksun and Valeriia Subotina, joined the session. They spoke about the attitude of the Russian military to Ukrainian prisoners, in particular women and Azovstal fighters.

Subotina told about the torture she experienced. Russian soldiers tortured and abused women: psychological pressure by threatening their families, beating and strangulation.

On 22 June, Mariupol's defenders also delivered a report to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. The session was organised to consider the issue of Ukrainian prisoners of war.

Representatives of the UN session expressed respect for the Ukrainian heroes, standing up after Navi's speech. The United States, Great Britain, Montenegro, Japan, Georgia, Estonia and Poland expressed support for Ukraine's struggle for the freedom and liberation of Mariupol fighters still in Russian captivity.

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