Moscow has names of Ukrainians “to be executed following a military occupation,” according to US allegations to the UN.

In a letter published by the Washington Post on Monday, a top US ambassador warned the United Nations that the US has “reliable evidence” that Russia is compiling a list of specific Ukrainians “to be executed or transported to camps following a military occupation.”

Russian and Belarusian dissidents in exile in Ukraine, journalists, anti-corruption activists, and religious and ethnic minorities are among those who could be targeted, according to the letter to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet. While the warning to the United Nations does not go into depth regarding the information collected by the United States, it does say that “human rights crimes and atrocities in the aftermath of a second invasion are being planned.”

The letter was published in the Washington Post on Sunday.

“We are deeply concerned about Russia’s ongoing human rights violations in the parts of Ukraine it already occupies, and we have every reason to believe those concerns will grow following a new military offensive,” wrote Ambassador Bathsheba Nell Crocker, the United States’ representative to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva.

“These acts, which have included targeted assassinations, kidnappings/forced disappearances, arbitrary detentions, and the use of torture in previous Russian operations, will certainly target those who oppose Russian efforts,” the letter added.

According to Crocker, Russian forces will “likely deploy violent measures to disperse peaceful protests or otherwise undermine peaceful exercises of perceived opposition from civilian populations.”

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights stated it had received the letter.

“The situation on the ground has begun to deteriorate in recent days, with significant human rights risks,” the office stated. “Since February 17, there has been a considerable increase in fire exchanges across the contact line, including the use of heavy weaponry. We demand that all parties adhere to the ceasefire quickly and completely. It is vital that all governments participate in diplomacy and good-faith discussion to help de-escalate tensions.”

When asked if she is concerned about the list of Ukrainians who could be targeted by Russia and if she is concerned for her safety, Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States Oksana Markarova told “Face the Nation” on Sunday that “we are all concerned about Ukraine and there are so many Ukrainians who are ready to fight.”

“Whatever crimes they’re prepared to perform to kill some of us, it won’t stop others from doing the same, and it won’t help their cause,” she said.

Russia has amassed around 150,000 troops surrounding Ukraine, raising fears of an invasion by the US and its western allies.

President Biden told reporters on Friday that he is “convinced” that Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to invade, with an attack planned in the “coming days.”

According to CBS News, information indicates that Russian commanders have received orders to launch an invasion and are preparing detailed plans for how they will maneuver in their respective fighting zones. The directives, however, do not rule out the possibility of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Despite rising tensions and indications that a Russian invasion is imminent, the Biden administration has pressed Moscow to explore a diplomatic solution to avoid a conflict with Ukraine.

If Russia does not launch an invasion, Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet with his counterpart, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, on Thursday in Europe. Mr. Biden has also agreed to meet with Putin “in principle” if an invasion does not occur, according to the White House.

The Kremlin said Monday that discussing detailed arrangements for a summit between the two leaders is “premature,” but that one may happen “if the heads of state feel it appropriate.”

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