U.S. State Dep. releases report on human rights violations in Ukraine / Photo from pixabay.com

The U.S. Department of State has published its annual 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, including in Ukraine.

"The government generally failed to take adequate steps to prosecute or punish most officials who committed abuses, resulting in a climate of impunity," reads the report.

Human rights groups and the United Nations noted significant deficiencies in investigations into alleged human rights abuses committed by government security forces, it said.

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According to the U.S. Department of State, significant human rights issues in Russia-occupied Crimea included: forced disappearances and abductions; torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment of detainees to extract confessions and punish persons resisting the occupation; harsh and life-threatening prison conditions; arbitrary arrest or detention; etc.

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