WASHINGTON — America govt has despatched a letter to the United International locations human rights leader in Geneva announcing it has “credible knowledge” that Russian forces have compiled an inventory of Ukrainian electorate to be killed or despatched to detention camps within the aftermath of a Russian invasion and profession of the rustic, consistent with a replica of the letter acquired 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 well-liked human rights violations, which previously have integrated torturing and kidnapping civilians.
The most likely objectives can be other people adversarial to Russian movements, together with dissidents from Russia and Belarus dwelling in Ukraine, newshounds, anti-corruption activists and contributors of ethnic and non secular minorities and the L.G.B.T.Q. group.
“We even have credible knowledge that Russian forces will most likely 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 administrative center in Geneva.
3 U.S. officers showed the authenticity of the letter and its contents. On Monday, Dmitri S. Peskov, the Kremlin’s spokesman, denied the life of any such checklist. “That is completely made up,” he informed journalists. “There’s no such checklist. This can be a pretend.”
The letter famous that U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken had raised the human rights issues to the United International locations Safety Council when he addressed that frame on Thursday. “Particularly, he mentioned that america has knowledge that signifies Russia will goal explicit teams of Ukrainians,” the letter mentioned.
In that consultation, Mr. Blinken informed Russian officers they may turn out their non violent intentions to the sector by means of no longer invading Ukraine and addressing their grievances via 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 determined to invade. In contemporary weeks, Mr. Putin has accrued as many as 190,000 troops round Ukraine. Russia-backed insurgents within the east have larger their artillery shelling of Ukrainian army forces in contemporary days.
Mr. Putin invaded portions of Ukraine in 2014 and annexed the rustic’s Crimean Peninsula. Mr. Biden has promised to impose harsh financial sanctions on Russia if Mr. Putin carries out every other invasion.