Report on Ukraine’s humanitarian law violations was based on ‘thorough investigation’, says NGO
Amnesty International said on Friday it stood by a report in which it accused Kyiv of endangering civilians by placing its military assets in schools and residential areas. The investigation angered the Ukrainian government and President Vladimir Zelensky.
Then go “stands fully to our research,” said its secretary general Agnès Callamard to the AFP news agency in an emailed statement. Her too took to Twitter to declare that his organization stands “by all the victims. Impartially” and lashed out at those she called “crowds and trolls on social media” which are “tackle” Amnesty investigations.
This is called war propaganda, disinformation, misinformation. This will not undermine our impartiality and will not change the facts.
Earlier, Zelensky had accused the NGO of moving “the responsibility of the aggressor to the victim”, referring to Russia and Ukraine respectively. The President said that any report equating the actions of “the victim and the aggressor” in “somehow” can not “to be tolerated.”
The report, which was released on Thursday, accuses kyiv of “a flagrant violation of international humanitarian law” as he documented that Ukraine placed its military near civilian infrastructure, putting civilian lives at risk. In particular, the NGO said it found evidence of current or past military activity in 22 of the 29 schools it visited in Ukraine between April and July.
He said that Ukraine’s illegal military use of civilian objects had no “does not in any way justify the indiscriminate Russian attacks”, yet. According to the NGO, Ukrainian troops were not present in some residential areas which it said had been the target of Russian strikes.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said the NGO’s goal was to create “a false balance between the criminal and his victim.” Moscow responded to the report by saying that it had repeatedly stated that Ukrainian troops were using civilians as “human shields” and Amnesty’s findings only confirm this.
Russia sent troops to Ukraine on February 24, citing kyiv’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, intended to give the Donetsk and Luhansk regions special status within the Ukrainian state. The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, were first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that kyiv’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to save time and “create powerful armed forces”.
In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Donbas republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join any Western military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked.
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