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Head of the UN Monitoring Mission explains why they are calling the war in Ukraine a "conflict"

29.06.2022, 12:50
Photo: AP
Photo: AP

The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission calls russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine a "conflict" in their reports because the term is used in international humanitarian law. There is no political assessment here.

This was stated by the Head of the Mission Matilda Bogner at the presentation of a new report of the UN Office of Human Rights on Ukraine on June 29, Ukrinform reports.

"The reason we use the term 'conflict' is because it is used in international humanitarian law. It's a legal framework that we follow, it's not a political assessment," Bogner said.

She added that the Mission's office uses the term "war" in a broad sense to describe what is happening in Ukraine.

"That is, we do not reject this term in any way, but our report is based on international humanitarian law, which is why we use the legal terminology," the head of the UN Monitoring Mission assured.

On June 29, Matilda Bogner, Head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, presented the UN Human Rights Office's new report on Ukraine. According to her, at least 4,731 civilians have been killed in hostilities since the start of russia's full-scale invasion, and the actual numbers are higher, but difficult to establish due to the fighting.

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