Published: 2022-08-05 11:24
Last Updated: 2022-08-15 20:04
Amnesty International, the human rights-focused non-governmental & nonprofit organization, said that “Ukrainian forces have put civilians in harm’s way by establishing bases and operating weapons systems in populated residential areas.”
The organization added that these areas include “schools and hospitals.”
This is the first time an international organization blamed Ukrainian forces for the deaths of civilians, as most of what was reported since the beginning of Russia’s military operation placed the entire blame on Russian forces.
However, the organization stressed, “such violations in no way justify Russia’s indiscriminate attacks, which have killed and injured countless civilians.”
“We have documented a pattern of Ukrainian forces putting civilians at risk and violating the laws of war when they operate in populated areas,” said Agnès Callamard, Amnesty International’s Secretary General.
“Being in a defensive position does not exempt the Ukrainian military from respecting international humanitarian law.”