Amnesty international regrets the “anger” caused by a report on Ukraine

Amnesty international regrets the “anger” caused by a report on Ukraine

Amnesty international said on Sunday it regretted the “anger” triggered by an NGO report accusing the Ukrainian armed forces of endangering civilians, again maintaining its conclusions that angered Kiev. The publication of the report also led to the resignation of the head of Amnesty International in Ukraine, Oksana Pokalchuk, accusing the report published on August 4 of having unwittingly served “Russian propaganda”.

President Volodymyr Zelensky had gone so far as to accuse the NGO of “trying to amnesty the Russian terrorist state”, by putting “the victim and the aggressor in a certain way on an equal footing”. “Amnesty international deeply regrets the disarray and anger that our press release on combat tactics in the Ukrainian army caused,” the NGO said on Sunday.

“Ensuring that civilians are protected”

She recalls that her priority “in this conflict, as in any other, is to ensure that civilians are protected”. “This was our only objective when we published this latest research report”, Amnesty continues, “if we fully stand by our conclusions, we regret the pain caused”.

In its report published at the end of a four-month investigation, Amnesty accused the Ukrainian army of establishing military bases in schools and hospitals and launching attacks from populated areas, a tactic it said violated international humanitarian law. “The laws of war exist in part to protect civilians, and that is why Amnesty International urges governments to respect them,” the NGO continued.

“Russia is solely responsible for the violations it has committed against Ukrainian civilians”

“This does not mean that Amnesty International holds the Ukrainian forces responsible for the violations committed by the Russian forces, nor that the Ukrainian army is not taking the necessary precautions elsewhere in the country,” the NGO continues, “nothing we have documented about the actions of the Ukrainian forces justifies the violations committed by the Russians in any way”.

“Russia is solely responsible for the violations it has committed against Ukrainian civilians,” Amnesty insists, saying that its priority “will always be to ensure that the lives and fundamental rights of civilians are protected during conflicts”.

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