United States Mission to the United Nations
Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
For Immediate Release
June 30, 2021
Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on UN Report Detailing Violence Committed by Russian Mercenaries in the Central African Republic
The UN has provided evidence, including eyewitness accounts, detailing violence and abuses carried out in the Central African Republic by mercenaries working as an arm of Russia’s Ministry of Defense. This includes accounts of Russian mercenaries killing civilians, looting the properties of humanitarian organizations, and other horrific acts.
Russia must immediately stop the violence, hold those responsible accountable, and remove mercenaries endangering UN peacekeepers and undermining their crucial work in support of peace and security in the CAR.
Read the full report by the Panel of Experts here: https://undocs.org/S/2021/569