UN accuses Russian trainers of excessive violence in Africa
They are supposed to be trainers: But a report by the United Nations accuses Russian soldiers of crimes in the Central African Republic. Russia denies that.
United Nations experts have made serious allegations against Russian military instructors – and against the troops of the Central African Republic they support. According to an internal report to the Security Council, the crimes “included cases of excessive use of force, indiscriminate killings, large-scale occupation and looting of schools and humanitarian organizations,” according to an internal report to the Security Council quoted by several news agencies.
The experts report that they have collected testimony from many local officials, soldiers, security guards and residents of several places. These had reported “active participation of Russian trainers in combat operations”.
Many officials and other informants reported that Russian instructors often led Central African troops to advance to several locations rather than following them.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied allegations that Russian instructors were involved in killing civilians and the looting of homes. “Russian military advisers did not participate in any killings or looting,” he said. “This is yet another lie.”