The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet's comments came at the start of the UN rights council's main annual session, which began with a vote to host an urgent debate on the Ukraine conflict later this week.
Speaking by phone with the media, Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boychenko accused Russian forces of having blocked weeks of attempted humanitarian convoys into the city in part to conceal the carnage there from the outside world.
The protests were spurred by complaints that the UN mission, known as MONUSCO, has failed to protect civilians against militia violence which has raged for years.
The Panjshir Valley is famed for being a site of resistance by Afghans against Soviet forces in the 1980s and as a base for rebels opposed to Taliban rule during the Islamists' first stint in power in the late 1990s.
Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Monday that UN staff on the ground remain concerned about the impact on civilians by the reported fierce fighting in eastern Luhansk, Donetsk and Kharkiv regions.
Two highly important reports issued last week have countered the Western narrative on the Ukraine war and could contribute to the push-back against NATO’s proxy campaign against Russia.
A roadside bombing in eastern Afghanistan killed at least 10 civilians on Tuesday morning, including women and children, while explosives attached to a bicycle detonated near a police vehicle in a northern province
An Israeli missile strike in the Gaza Strip killed six members of a Palestinian family on Thursday, all of them civilians, medical officials and residents said, bringing the death toll in the territory from a 48-hour surge in fighting to 32.
The latest news of separate terrorist attacks that killed the innocent people in southern Uruzgan province in Afghanistan is really painful (“23 killed in separate attacks in Afghanistan,” Jan. 8, Gulf Today). The attacks left at least 23 civilians and security forces dead, officials