WASHINGTON — The US govt has despatched a letter to the United International locations human rights leader in Geneva pronouncing it has “credible knowledge” that Russian forces have compiled an inventory of Ukrainian voters to be killed or despatched to detention camps within the aftermath of a Russian invasion and career of the rustic, in line with a copy of the letter received Sunday by means of The New York Instances.
The letter, which was once addressed to Michelle Bachelet, the United International locations prime commissioner for human rights, additionally mentioned Russian forces deliberate to hold out popular human rights violations, which previously have integrated torturing and kidnapping civilians.
The most probably objectives could be other folks hostile to Russian movements, together with dissidents from Russia and Belarus dwelling in Ukraine, newshounds, anti-corruption activists and individuals of ethnic and non secular minorities and the L.G.B.T.Q. group.
“We even have credible knowledge that Russian forces will most probably use deadly measures to disperse non violent protests or another way counter non violent workout routines of perceived resistance from civilian populations,” mentioned the letter, which was once signed by means of Bathsheba Nell Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to the United International locations place of business in Geneva.
3 U.S. officers showed the authenticity of the letter and its contents.
The letter famous that U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken had raised the human rights considerations to the United International locations Safety Council when he addressed that body on Thursday. “Specifically, he mentioned that the US has knowledge that signifies Russia will goal particular teams of Ukrainians,” the letter mentioned.
In that consultation, Mr. Blinken advised Russian officers they might turn out their non violent intentions to the sector by means of now not invading Ukraine and addressing their grievances thru international relations as an alternative. Mr. Blinken plans to satisfy Sergey V. Lavrov, the international minister of Russia, in Europe this Thursday, except Russia invades Ukraine first.
President Biden and Mr. Blinken have mentioned U.S. intelligence signifies Russian President Vladimir V. Putin has already made up our minds to invade. In fresh weeks, Mr. Putin has accumulated as many as 190,000 troops round Ukraine. Russia-backed insurgents within the east have greater their artillery shelling of Ukrainian army forces in fresh days.
Mr. Putin invaded portions of Ukraine in 2014 and annexed the rustic’s Crimean Peninsula. Mr. Biden has promised to impose harsh economic sanctions on Russia if Mr. Putin carries out every other invasion.