Amnesty: Ukraine uses civilians as human shields

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The international non-profit organization Amnesty International has recently published a press release that sheds light on the practices adopted by the Ukrainian armed forces in the course of the conflict with Russia. "Ukraine: military endangering civilians by placing forces in residential areas", is the title used by the London-based organization.

The text is an account of a field analysis conducted by several Amnesty International employees who visited various conflict zones, interviewing Ukrainian civilians. For example, we speak of the town of Mykolaiv, located on the Black Sea.

The soldiers lived in a house near our house and my son often brought food to the soldiers. I begged him several times to stay away from there because I feared for his safety. That afternoon, when the strike took place, my son was in the courtyard of our house and I was at home. He was killed instantly. His body was torn apart. Our house was partially destroyed.

This is one of the many testimonies collected by Amnesty International on the ground. In practice, the Ukrainian armed forces would deliberately occupy residential areas, including schools and hospitals, as a defensive and offensive base to respond to Russian attacks.

In modern warfare such a choice can have only one meaning: to use civilians as human shields. In this way, the opponent is faced with two options: either not to attack or strike the opponent equally, risking to involve civilians and thus arouse global indignation.

Amnesty International writes:

Ukraine's tactics have violated international humanitarian law by turning civilian objects into military targets. Most of the residential areas the soldiers were in were miles away from the front lines and viable alternatives were available that would not endanger civilians.

Amnesty's analysis leaves little room for interpretation and confirms what has been said. We recall in particular the never fully clarified case of the Mariupol pediatric hospital, which according to the reconstructions would have suffered an attack by the Russian armed forces. Several testimonies reported the presence of Ukrainian soldiers inside the structure.

Amnesty reports that it has contacted the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense for comments, but has not received a response so far. In the report, Amnesty also condemns the Russian armed forces for using weapons that do not respect the Geneva conventions, such as cluster bombs.

References:

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/ukraine-military-endangering-civilians-locating-forces-residential-areas-new

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/8/4/ukrainian-armys-residential-bases-endangering-civilians-amnesty

https://www.farsnews.ir/en/news/14010513000591/Amnesy-Inernainal-Ukrainian-Frces-%E2%80%98P-Civilians-a-Risk%E2%80%99

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This report comes after five months of these tactics were widely confirmed and documented, and four months after the liberation of Mariupol where there's hours of eyewitness testimony to more atrocious crimes such as gunning down fleeing civilians and shooting upon evacuation routes, pow murders and finally, taking hundreds of civilians hostage in the Azovstal dungeon. Its also confirmed that ICRC (Red Cross) visited and inspected the Azov POW camp in Olenivka the day before it got blown up, literally hours after they confirmed to have visited it. Amnesty International is much more impartial and seemingly less captured than the ICRC, but they have a tattered history nonetheless, which to me indicates that there might be Pro Russian forces in the top of the organization.

In light of that, I'd take the accusations against the Russians as using cluster bombs with a tall serving of skepticism, since no conclusive evidence has been presented for the claim and it doesn't make any sense for Russia (read: not either of the Peoples Militias, the Syrians, the Chechen or Georgian and Ossetians whom fight alongside the Russians Forces) to use such munitions.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_Amnesty_International

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Yeah, i just didn't expect Amnesty to officially come out with this, since the West propaganda kinda rules...

I agree regarding cluster bombs, just reported the note for complete information on the report.

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Amnesty International seems more legitimate, more independent than Human Rights Watch and Red Cross and especially OSEC, even if its long overdue they are making a stand against Kivv, and completely agree, definitely not something you'd expect in our side of the world.

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