Amnesty International defends report on Kyiv's violation of the laws of war The human rights organization notified the government of Ukraine in late July of its findings and reported violations by the Ukrainian military, but received no response from it
The organization also drew attention to the fact that the publication of a report on violations by the Ukrainian side of the laws of war does not mean that it justifies Russia's actions.
Amnesty International published a report on August 4, which said that the Ukrainian military is placing military equipment and weapons in schools, hospitals and residential areas, turning them into military targets. Thus, they endanger the lives of the civilian population, violating international humanitarian law and the laws of warfare, the conclusions of human rights activists said.
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The director of the Ukrainian office of Amnesty International, Oksana Pokalchuk, announced her resignation on August 5. According to her, she still had hope that the Ukrainian side would be able to convey its position to the organization, after which the text would be deleted, and a new one would appear instead. she added.
Pokalchuk noted that Amnesty International staff contacted the military department, but gave “too little time to respond.”
At the Russian embassy in turn, the United States positively assessed the report and noted that it should help the audience draw the “right conclusions”.
The Russian Ministry of Defense has repeatedly accused the Ukrainian Armed Forces of using residential and social facilities to accommodate troops and equipment. For example, on August 4, the department reported that the Ukrainian military used for this a school in Novaya Vodolaha, Kharkiv region, a technical school in Slavyansk, the DPR, and a children's music school in Varvarovka, Mykolaiv region.
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