People who openly express pro-Ukrainian views are subjected to intimidation and the risk of physical violence, the Head of the UN Monitoring Mission for Human Rights in Ukraine Fiona Frazer stated at a briefing in Kyiv, QHA correspondent reports.
"In territory controlled by armed groups, citizens who openly express pro-Ukrainian views face intimidation or risk of physical violence," Frazer said.
She recalled that the famous blogger Stanislav Aseyev (Vasin), who wrote about life in the occupied territories, has been kept in secret custody in the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" since the beginning of June.
“Similarly, a woman who criticized the self-proclaimed "Luhansk People's Republic" in a social network was detained by an armed group and kept in secret detention for 16 days in July. Later she was released," Fraser added.
Reportedly, Ukraine has been seeking introduction of peacekeepers to the Donbas for two years. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko promised that at the session of the UN General Assembly in September he would again raise this issue for discussion.
The Head of state called extremely important the decision of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to conduct surveillance in the village of Stanytsia Luganskaya around the clock.