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Trapped civilians in Ukraine must be allowed to leave safely -UN’s Bachelet

Randy Mancini 4 Mar 8
Refugees wait for their transfer to Poland at the train station in Lviv
Refugees fleeing the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine wait for hours to board a train to Poland, outside the train station in Lviv, Ukraine, March 8, 2022. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

March 8, 2022

GENEVA (Reuters) – U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet called on Tuesday for civilians trapped in active hostilities in numerous areas of Ukraine to be able to leave safely.

Pro-Ukrainian activists have been unlawfully detained in the east of their homeland, while people considered pro-Russian have been beaten in Ukraine, she said in a speech to the Human Rights Council, citing reports received by her office.

“I repeat my urgent call for a peaceful end to hostilities,” Bachelet told the Geneva forum by video message.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Catherine Evans)