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Amnesty International. Ukrainian army puts civilians at risk

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Status: 04.08.2022 8:45 p.m.

According to the human rights organization Amnesty, the Ukrainian army is sometimes entrenched in schools and hospitals, endangering its own population. It is “a violation of international humanitarian law”.

Amnesty International accuses the Ukrainian army of needlessly endangering civilians with its military tactics. The soldiers “operated on several occasions from residential areas”, said Janine Uhlmannsiek, Europe and Central Asia specialist at Amnesty International Germany. the Human rights organizations have conducted their own investigations into this in the war zone. carried out.

The Ukrainian action is “a violation of international humanitarian law” which is not justified by the “Russian war of aggression, which violates international law”.

Military posts in schools and hospitals

Amnesty experts said they found evidence in areas around Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine and around Kharkiv and Donbass in eastern Ukraine between April and June that Ukrainian armed forces fired from residential areas and military posts in 19 cities and towns, including schools. and hospitals.

Amnesty’s secretary general, Agnès Callamard, said she documented a pattern of the Ukrainian military endangering civilians and violating martial law. Amnesty quoted a local resident as saying: “We have no right to have a say in the decisions of the army, but we pay the price.

However, Russia must not bomb hospitals

However, the organization also clarified that Ukrainian defense tactics “in no way justify” the “numerous indiscriminate strikes by the Russian army causing civilian casualties”. The human rights organization called the Russian attacks “war crimes”.

However, the fact that Ukraine is defending itself against the war of Russian aggression does not exempt the country’s army “from its obligation to comply with international law”, the organization stressed.

Alternate locations

According to the Amnesty report, most of the documented residential operations had possible alternate locations, such as military bases or densely forested areas. Moreover, the soldiers did not order the evacuation of civilians, even though they risked being hit by retaliatory Russian attacks.

According to its own statements, Amnesty on July 29 asked the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense for a statement on the allegations. However, no response had been received at the time of publication of the communication today.

Kyiv calls allegations ‘unfair’

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said he was “outraged” by the “unfair” allegations. Kuleba accused Amnesty on its Facebook page of “creating a false balance between oppressors and victims, between the country destroying thousands of civilians, cities and territories, and the country desperately defending itself.”

Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podoliak stressed that the Ukrainian army is taking all measures to save lives and bring civilians to safe areas. “The only thing threatening Ukrainians is the Russian army,” he wrote on Twitter.

Source www.tagesschau.de

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