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UN rights council launches inquiry into alleged Russian atrocities in Ukraine

Bodies lie on a street in Bucha, northwest of Kyiv, as Ukraine says Russian forces are making a 'rapid retreat' from northern areas around Kyiv and the city of Chernihiv, on April 2, 2022. (Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP)
Bodies lie on a street in Bucha, northwest of Kyiv, as Ukraine says Russian forces are making a 'rapid retreat' from northern areas around Kyiv and the city of Chernihiv, on April 2, 2022. (Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP)

GENEVA — The United Nations Human Rights Council votes overwhelmingly to launch an inquiry into alleged serious violations committed by Russian troops in Ukraine, heaping further diplomatic pressure on Moscow.

The council votes 33-2 in favor of a draft resolution brought by Ukraine to create an investigation into alleged violations in the Kyiv, Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Sumy regions in late February and in March, “with a view to holding those responsible to account.”

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