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UN rights chief: Mariupol ‘horrors’ will leave ‘indelible mark’

Damage is seen on apartment buildings after shelling from fighting on the outskirts of Mariupol, Ukraine, in territory under control of the separatist government of the Donetsk People's Republic, March 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Alexei Alexandrov, File)
Damage is seen on apartment buildings after shelling from fighting on the outskirts of Mariupol, Ukraine, in territory under control of the separatist government of the Donetsk People's Republic, March 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Alexei Alexandrov, File)

The extent of death and destruction in Ukraine’s devastated port city of Mariupol suggests serious international law violations, the UN rights chief says, warning the horrors there will mark future generations.

“The horrors inflicted on the civilian population will leave their indelible mark, including on generations to come,” Michelle Bachelet tells the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

She points to the “parents who had to bury their own children, on people who witnessed their friends commit suicide, on families ripped apart, on all those who had to leave a much-loved city with uncertain prospects of ever seeing it again.”

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