Russia drafts post-invasion kill lists, US claims

US officials say they have intelligence reports suggesting Russia has a hit-list of Ukrainians “to be killed or sent to camps” in the event of an invasion, reported US media.

In a letter to UN Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet, Washington’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva claimed that Russia’s post-invasion planning would involve torture, forced disappearances and “Widespread human suffering”.

The ambassador alleged that targets would include Russian and Belarusian dissidents in exile in Ukraine, journalists and anti-corruption activists, and “vulnerable populations such as religious and ethnic minorities and LGBTQI+ persons”.

“Specifically, we have credible information that indicates Russian forces are creating lists of identified Ukrainians to be killed or sent to camps following a military occupation,” said the letter.

However, Crocker did not provide any details on the nature of the intelligence that gave rise to the assessment.

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