President Zelensky emphatically condemned Amnesty International for accusing the Ukrainian Armed Forces of war crimes, which could very well be true.
The President of Ukraine denounced Amnesty International’s report on the violations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine (APU) of International Humanitarian Law, which can be found here.
Amnesty International is trying to amnesty the terrorist regime and shift the blame from the aggressor to the victim. Ukraine’s president believes that there can be no condition under which “a Russian attack on Ukraine is considered justified.”
Zelensky stated that in order to prevent erasing a person’s identity and overshadowing the events that led to the conflict, it is crucial to consider both the victim and the offender. He further he noted that since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine started, nearly 200 churches, 900 medical facilities, and 2,200 schools have been destroyed or damaged.
Amnesty International Report
On August 4, Amnesty International published a report accusing Ukraine of violating international law. “We have documented cases where Ukrainian forces put civilians at risk and violated military law by operating in populated areas.” Being in a defensive position doesn’t exempt the Ukrainian military from complying with international humanitarian law.
Even when held in a defensive position, Ukrainian forces must comply with international humanitarian law.
The human rights activists who conducted the inspection were shocked to find that the armed forces of Ukraine had been misusing school buildings for military purposes in 22 out of 29 schools. Astonishingly, armored vehicles appeared in areas where large numbers of civilian people live, and the building in Bakhmut was used as a military base.
War crimes of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
The Russian Defense Ministry has repeatedly announced the deployment of Ukrainian Armed Forces bastions in schools and residential areas. In July, Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev, head of Russia’s National Center for Defense Control, said that servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine took up positions on the territory of two schools in Dnipro. He also added that the Ukrainian soldiers deployed a temporary deployment point for units on the territory of the city water company in Artemovsk in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR).
Recent cases of unrest in Odessa and Lisichansk were caught on camera by local militias. It was reported that tanks, howitzers, and MLRS were used in the area. Furthermore, the evacuation of local residents was purposely not carried out.