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Ukrainian World Congress condemns Amnesty International's report

11.08.2022, 14:43

The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) condemned the recent Amnesty International report titled "Ukrainian Fighting Tactics Endanger Civilians," which reads like a russian propaganda narrative. According to Ukrinform, this is stated on the UWC website.

"It is absurd to blame Ukrainian troops for russia’s bombing of hospitals, schools, residential buildings, shopping malls, bus shelters and other civilian infrastructure.  How could they overlook the fact that Ukrainians are defending themselves against russia’s unprovoked invasion, brutal daily bombings, and war crimes in Ukraine?" declared UWC President Paul Grod.

UWC calls upon donors and supporters of Amnesty International to investigate the integrity of its leadership and thoroughly investigate the sources of their funding.

The SCU recalled that the report erroneously accused the Ukrainian military of being responsible for russia’s bombing of civilians by basing its troops too close to civilian infrastructure.

"The report has been widely condemned by Ukrainian officials and many others in the international community including war crimes experts. Not surprisingly, the kremlin has warmly welcomed Amnesty’s claims, with russian officials actively promoting the report to justify moscow’s ongoing bombing campaign in Ukraine," the statement says.

As reported, a report published by human rights organization Amnesty International on August 4 stated that the Ukrainian military, which is resisting the russian invasion, endangers the civilian population by creating bases and placing weapons in schools and hospitals.

The head of Ukrainian Amnesty International Oksana Pokalchuk resigned, saying that she and the management of Amnesty International had "parted ways ideologically."

Deputy Minister of Defense Hanna Malyar stated that this AI study did not take the fact of the russian aggression, the timeline of events, and the context of Ukraine defending its statehood into account, and also distorted the real picture of the international crime of aggression that russia has been committing since 2014.

President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Amnesty's report was trying to "grant amnesty to the terrorist state and shift the responsibility from the aggressor to the victim."

Later, Amnesty International apologized for the "distress and anger" caused by their statement, but stood by their words.

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