Human rights group Amnesty International said on Thursday that “the Ukrainian military has inflicted harm on civilians by setting up bases and operating weapon systems in densely populated residential areas, including schools and hospitals.” published the book.
Amnesty International’s findings corroborate previous reports by the United Nations that also provided evidence that the Ukrainian military is using civilians as human shields in the conflict. Both of these recent reports add to an extensive record of war crimes committed by the Ukrainian military and its neo-fascist militias, particularly against Russian prisoners of war.
Amnesty International’s carefully worded report exposes the criminal nature of the imperialist proxy war in Ukraine, in which civilians are the imperialist forces and their agents in the Ukrainian oligarchy and military. It’s just a piece of
A resident of the city of Bakhmut told Amnesty International:
The report was compiled by researchers investigating Russian attacks in the Kharkov, Donbass and Mykolaiv regions from April to July. In the words of Amnesty International Secretary General Agnès Calamar, “We have documented a pattern of Ukrainian forces endangering civilians and violating the laws of war when operating in populated areas.”
This pattern, which involves using hospitals as de facto military bases, is in clear violation of international law and has been confirmed by Amnesty International for five locations. According to reports, “In two towns, dozens of soldiers were resting, moving about, and eating in hospitals. In another town, soldiers were firing near a hospital.”
The report also revealed that the Ukrainian army “routinely establishes bases in schools in towns and villages in the Donbass and Mykolaiv regions.” Although not outright prohibited by international law, military use of schools and housing is only considered legal when the military has no other choice. In addition, the military is obliged to do everything in its power to minimize civilian casualties, including evacuation and effective warning of attacks that may endanger civilians.
However, researchers have found evidence that the Ukrainian military launched “attacks from within densely populated residential areas and civilian buildings”. It is said that there was an alternative plan. Additionally, the organization was “unaware” that the military had asked or assisted civilians to evacuate nearby buildings.
The report states, “In 22 of the 29 schools visited, Amnesty International researchers found soldiers using the buildings or found evidence of current or former military activity. , military fatigue, discarded ammunition, military ration packets, and the presence of military vehicles.”
The report continues: Residential areas. From April to his late June, a Russian attack near a school killed several civilians, including a child and an elderly woman who were killed in a rocket attack on their home on June 28, injured. ”
The reaction of the Ukrainian government to this report is nothing short of hysterical. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky condemned the report in his address to the nation, claiming it had turned a “victim” into an “aggressor.” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba said on Twitter that the report “distorts reality, draws a false moral equivalence between perpetrators and victims, and helps Russia tackle disinformation.” indignant.
Indeed, Amnesty International condemned Russia’s aggression against Ukraine in its report, but argued that this “does not excuse the Ukrainian military from respecting international humanitarian law.” Violations of international law “in no way justify Russia’s indiscriminate attacks,” he said.
It should also be noted that the overwhelming majority of organization’s reports on the war to date have focused solely on war crimes perpetrated by Russia, and Amnesty International itself is by no means an impartial observer. has restored the “prisoner of conscience” status of professedly racist right-wing Russian anti-Putin commentator Alexei Navalny after facing intense political pressure last year.
Importantly, the organization’s Ukraine office vehemently opposed the publication of the report. Its head, Oksana Pokarchuk, declared that “we have done everything possible to prevent this report from being made public.”
The fact that Amnesty International finally released its report, despite deep internal divisions and immense political pressure, suggests that the actual situation on the ground in Ukraine is, if anything, that this report The German news magazine is also worth noting. Der Spiegel, Ukraine, which has played a key role in anti-Russian war propaganda in Europe, said in a report on Friday that its own reporters found similar findings to Amnesty International and that the actions of the Ukrainian military “raise legitimate questions. ”
The hysterical reaction by the Ukrainian government shows that Ukrainian oligarchs and their imperialist supporters are extremely nervous about the political implications of the report. Testimony quoted by Ukrainian civilians indicates that there is significant outrage over the country’s military actions and growing popular opposition to the war in Ukraine itself.
But most of all, the report exposes the criminality of war and gives a heavy blow to the media’s constant war propaganda.
Day after day, the European and American working classes are bombarded with news about alleged Russian war crimes, while neo-fascist paramilitary groups like the Azov Battalion are reportedly bombarded by the Associated Press and new york times for their “courage”. This whole picture of imperialist war propaganda is based on the lie that Russia’s aggression against Ukraine was not entirely provocation and that all death and destruction in this war is entirely Moscow’s fault.
However, Amnesty International’s report leaves no doubt that whatever war crimes committed by Russian forces were committed, a significant number of civilian casualties in this war were There is no doubt that it has now killed over 5,000 people. 7,000 wounded were caused by the actions of the Ukrainian army.
Furthermore, those reading this report must ask the following questions: Why did the Ukrainian military take such action? If there is any truth in the allegations that it concerns the defense of the Ukrainian government, then such actions would either not take place at all or would be immediately condemned by the Ukrainian government and its General Staff. .
The reality is that the U.S. and the Ukrainian oligarchs, who deliberately provoked this war after ravaging six societies in the Middle East and North Africa, have lost the millions of lives now destroyed and the war. Couldn’t care less about the thousands of people killed… War with Russia.
In rare cases, Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov recently described his country as a “testing ground” for Western arms manufacturers. Western arms manufacturers are making big profits from the tens of billions of dollars of weapons that NATO has injected into Ukraine. army.
The real purpose of this war deliberately caused by NATO is to make Russia bloody. The strategy calls for advanced missiles and weaponry to orchestrate a military defeat with horrific losses, in the hope that this will provoke a massive domestic crisis and facilitate the imperialists’ ongoing regime change campaign. to fill Ukraine with
From the standpoint of Washington and other imperialist powers, the war in Ukraine is just the beginning of a new scramble to divide Russia and China in a new repartition of the world. With constant anti-Russian war propaganda and perhaps glorification of heroic Ukrainian military martyrs, world public opinion must prepare for a much bigger war that threatens nuclear catastrophe. , has dealt a heavy blow to this evil propaganda campaign.