UN human rights body accuses Russia of torturing POWs

The head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine has accused Russia of subjecting Ukrainian prisoners of war to torture and other ill-treatment.

Matilda Bogner told reporters that some places of detention lack adequate food, water, healthcare and sanitation.

She said that at a penal colony in the eastern region of Donetsk, many Ukrainian prisoners of war reportedly have been suffering from infectious diseases, including hepatitis A and tuberculosis.

Bogner also said several pregnant prisoners of war are interned, and urged Russia to consider the immediate release of these women on humanitarian grounds.

The United Nations says the mission team has been interviewing people across Ukraine who have suffered human rights violations, but that Russia has not provided access to prisoners of war held on its territory or in territory under its occupation.