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Kiev blasts Amnesty report on Ukraine risking civilian lives

The NGO’s accusation that Ukraine violates humanitarian regulation is “unfair,” Ukraine’s international minister stated

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba pushed again towards an Amnesty International report that blames Kiev for putting its navy belongings in colleges and residential areas, violating humanitarian regulation and placing civilians in danger.

In his feedback posted on social media on Thursday, the minister stated that he was outraged by the NGO’s declare.

“I perceive that Amnesty will reply to criticism by saying that they criticize either side of the battle. But such conduct on Amnesty’s half just isn’t about searching for the reality and presenting it to the world, however about making a false steadiness between the felony and his sufferer”, he said.

Kuleba also urged the organization to stop “creating a fake reality” where everyone is “at fault for something.” Amnesty should primarily focus on what Russia is doing in Ukraine and what devastation Moscow has brought upon this country, he argued.

On Thursday, Amnesty released a report accusing Kiev of “a clear violation of international humanitarian law,” saying it was putting civilian lives at risk by placing its military close to civilian infrastructure. 

In 22 out of the 29 colleges visited by Amnesty between April and July, the human rights group stated it discovered proof of present or prior navy exercise. In 5 places, they witnessed Ukrainian troops utilizing hospitals as bases. At the identical time, the group stated it was “not aware” that Ukraine tried to evacuate civilians from the areas in query.

However, Amnesty additionally famous that no Ukrainian troops have been current in some areas the place it assessed Russian forces had delivered strikes on residential areas. For that purpose, the NGO stated that Ukraine’s illegal navy use of civilian objects didn’t “in any way justify indiscriminate Russian attacks.”

According to Maria Zakharova, Russia’s international ministry spokeswoman, the NGO’s report solely confirmed what Moscow has identified for a very long time. “We’ve been talking about this constantly, calling the actions of the Ukrainian armed forces the tactics of using civilians as a ‘human shield’,” Zakharova stated.

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