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UN finds 'alarming human rights abuses' in east Ukraine

United Nations monitors in Ukraine have found an alarming deterioration in the human rights situation in the east of the country and serious problems emerging in Crimea, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has said.

"Those with influence on the armed groups responsible for much of the violence in eastern Ukraine (must) do their utmost to rein in these men who seem bent on tearing the country apart," Pillay said in a statement accompanying the 37-page monitoring report.

According to Reuters, the report lists examples of targeted killings, torture, and abductions mostly carried out by armed anti-government groups in the east.