The ugly face of Russian aggression and pro-Russian “separatists” in the eastern Ukraine, characterized by violent attacks on advocates of a united Ukraine, assassinations, forced disappearances, attacks on journalists and suppression of freedom of the press, and general lawlessness, is described in a U.N. report published on May 15, 2014. The report is corroborated by the OSCE report on the Ukraine published on May 12, 2014.
(1) Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, “Report on the Human Rights Situation in Ukraine,” 15 May 2014.
(2) “HUMAN RIGHTS ASSESSMENT MISSION IN UKRAINE; HUMAN RIGHTS AND MINORITY RIGHTS SITUATION (ODIHR HRAM: 6 March – 1 April 2014 HCNM HRAM: 8 March – 17 April 2014),”. The Hague/Warsaw 12 May 2014.
The text of the OSCE report is found here.
The thuggery described in these reports brings into full view the truth about what is really going on in the eastern Ukraine, and threatens to pierce the bubble of Russian propaganda which has supported Russian aggression in the Ukraine through endlessly repeated lies and distortions.
The protestations by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that these reports are biased and distorted cannot be taken seriously. Lavrov, who has himself played a leading role in repeating on numerous occasions the lies of the Russian propaganda machine, is essentially arguing that the truth is biased, because it contradicts the lies he, Vladimir Putin, and Russia have been telling about events in the Ukraine.
The Trenchant Observer