kyiv endangers civilians with its army, says Amnesty International

kyiv endangers civilians with its army, says Amnesty International

The NGO found evidence that the army launched strikes from residential areas and set up bases in civilian buildings. He insisted that this in no way “justifies indiscriminate attacks” on Russia.

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Ukraine’s army is putting civilians at risk by building military bases in schools and hospitals and launching attacks from populated areas to repel the Russian invasion, Amnesty International said in a statement released on Thursday (August 4th). Such tactics violate international humanitarian law, warns the NGO.

Between April and July, Amnesty International researchers investigated the Russian strikes in the Kharkiv, Donbass and Mykolaiv regions, inspecting areas affected by the strikes and interviewing survivors, witnesses and relatives of the victims.

According to the NGO, these researchers found evidence that Ukrainian forces launched strikes from populated residential areas and established bases in civilian buildings in 19 towns and villages in this regions.

Most of the residential areas where soldiers are stationed are miles from the front lines, Amnesty International said, pointing out that other options do not endanger civilians, such as military bases or areas woods nearby, possible. The NGO claimed that to their knowledge, the soldiers who settled in these areas did not ask the civilians to evacuate.

When the NGO criticizes these Ukrainian tactics, it insists on the fact that they have nothing “In no way justified the indiscriminate attack on Russia” which hit the civilian population. Amnesty International said it contacted the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense about the research findings on July 29 but did not receive a response in the news release.

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