Pro-Russian separatist fighters gesture from an armored missile launcher at a checkpoint on the outskirts of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk July 10, 2014. (REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev)
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A new Amnesty International report Friday highlighted the "hundreds" of abductions and incidents of torture by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, and also criticized the excessive force used by government forces.Amnesty's report paints a grim picture of rampant kidnapping, extortion and torture in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian forces seized control of key cities earlier this year and are currently engaged in a desperate battle against advancing government forces.The U.N. Human Rights Monitoring Mission for Ukraine has logged 222 credible cases of abduction, while Ukraine's interior ministry puts the figure at 387 between April and June 7 alone, including 39 journalists.Amnesty also noted reports of unlawful detention by pro-Kiev forces.
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