(QHA) -

UN monitors in eastern Ukraine say they've recorded a steady rise in killing, tortures, and abductions by pro-Russian armed groups, reads the report on UN offical web site.

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic said "a climate of lawlessness prevails in the east", amid at least 356 people, including 86 Ukrainian soldiers, have been killed in the past month, the last reports say.

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay said that a "climate of insecurity and fear" has displaced 34,000 people, nearly half in Ukraine's eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, and urged pro-Russian armed groups in the regions to “stop taking themselves, and the people living in their regions, down this dead end.”

The OHCHR report also notes that Crimea residents "known for their 'pro-Ukrainian' position are intimidated" and adds that leaders and activists of the indigenous Crimean Tatars face prosecution and limitations on the enjoyment of their cultural rights. 

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said the report presents a "one-sided and politically biased interpretation of events."


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