February 2, 2023

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“Indiscriminate killing of civilians”: Allegations against the Russian military in Africa

“Indiscriminate killing of civilians”
Charges against the Russian military in Africa

In 2018, Russia sent military trainers to the Central African Republic for the first time to support government troops in the fight against the rebels. UN accuses Russians of killing civilians The report now says.

The UN says Russian military instructors have been involved in numerous human rights abuses in the Central African Republic. Reported in a statement. “There are numerous reports of unarmed civilians being killed indiscriminately by Russian instructors,” the report told AFP. Together with the Central African Defense Forces, the Russians also occupied schools and carried out systematic looting, including aid agencies.

The Central African Republic is one of the poorest countries in the world and has been politically unstable since independence from France in 1960. In December, the rebels launched another offensive to overthrow the government. They were pushed back by government forces backed by the 12,000-strong UN peacekeeping force, Rwandan special forces and Russian paramilitaries. Millions of people have fled the fighting since the beginning of this year.

Reports of involvement in the war

The Russians were primarily proud to have strengthened an otherwise poorly armed Central African army. In 2018, Russia for the first time sent so-called trainers to the country of civil war, the UN. Provided small arms with permission. In April, Moscow announced the number of trainers stationed at the site was 532, none of them unarmed and engaged in combat operations.

However, the UN According to the report, this number could actually be significantly higher, i.e. “800 to 2100”. Various civilian and military sources testified to the “active participation of Russian trainers in ground combat operations.” In fact, the Russians often appear as leaders rather than comrades in the Central African Armed Forces.

The relevant UN body recently submitted this report to the Security Council. In his recommendations, experts called for the extension of sanctions and the extension of the current arms embargo of the Central African Republic. The ban expires on July 31. The Central African Republic, Russia, China and many African countries are opposed to the extension.

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