The United States informed the United Nations that it has ‘credible information’ indicating Moscow is creating lists of specific Ukrainians to be killed or moved to camps following an attack by the Russian military, according to the letter Washington delivered to the U.N. Human Rights Chief, Michelle Bachelet.
The letter to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights cautions that the targeted Ukrainians include Belarusian and Russian dissidents in exile in the post-Soviet nation, anticorruption activists, journalists, ethnic and religious minorities. While the notice to the intergovernmental organization doesn’t provide specifics regarding the information gained by America, it asserts ‘human rights abuses and abuses’ in the outcome of further aggression are being intended.
America has intelligence that Russian military commanders have been ordered to go ahead with an incursion of Ukraine, with commanders on the ground preparing for how they’d move in their battleground sectors, according to the U.S. official. However, he added that the orders do not mean an attack is a cast-iron certainty, as Mr. Putin could still alter the orders if he changes his mind.
The latest warning comes after the President Biden government, due to weeks of speculation about the intentions of the Russian leader in Ukraine, said the recent week that Moscow had decided to carry out an attack.
Ambassador Bathsheba Nell Crocker, the U.S. Representative to the European Office of the U.N., said they’re highly concerned about Moscow’s ongoing human rights violations and abuses in the Ukrainian areas it already dwells in and has grounds to believe those worries will grow following a new armed offensive.
Moreover, the letter reads that these moves, which in the past Moscow operations have included targeted killings, illegal detention, and enforced disappearances, and the use of torture, would possibly aim Ukrainians to oppose Russian moves. Crocker also said that America has intel that Russian troops will possibly use lethal actions to dissolve peaceful objections or otherwise counter peaceful exercises of alleged resistance from civilians.
After weeks of cautions that an incursion of Ukraine was looming, the United States leader told media on Feb. 18 that he was persuaded Russian President had decided to attack its neighbor and stated America believed the Russian military planned to invade in the forthcoming days.
The White House announced late Sunday that the U.S. leader has accepted ‘in principle’ to a summit with his Russian counterpart soon, provided an attack hasn’t commenced. However, the exact time frame of such a meeting hasn’t been determined, but if it does take place, it will happen sometime after a summit planned for this week between the Russian Foreign Minister and the U.S. State Secretary.
The Kremlin has accumulated approximately 150k military personnel, fighter planes, and military equipment on three sides of Ukraine, rising tensions with the bordering country. In addition, Belarusian Defense Minister proclaimed Moscow would be extending military exercises happening in the country close to the northern borders of Ukraine, which brought a massive contingent of Russian forces to the East European landlocked country of Belarus.