Russia lambasts U.N. report on rights in Ukraine

MOSCOW Fri May 16, 2014 5:26am EDT

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MOSCOW May 16 (Reuters) - Russia criticised a U.N. report on human rights in Ukraine on Friday, saying it lacked any semblance of objectivity, and accused its authors of following "political orders" to whitewash the pro-Western leadership.

The Foreign Ministry said the report - which found a deterioration of the situation in eastern regions where pro-Moscow separatists are seeking power and serious problems emerging in Crimea, which has been annexed by Russia - ignored "the crudest violations of human rights by the self-proclaimed Kiev authorities."

(Writing by Steve Gutterman, Editing by Timothy Heritage)