The NGO accused the Ukrainian army of establishing military bases in schools and hospitals and of launching attacks from inhabited areas. kyiv denounces a campaign of “disinformation”.
The head of Ukrainian diplomacy, Dmytro Kouleba, said on Thursday that he was “outraged” by the “unfair” accusations of the NGO Amnesty International, which accused kyiv of endangering civilians in the context of the war with Moscow.
“I am outraged just like you by the Amnesty International report. I consider it unfair,” Dmytro Kouleba said in a video comment posted on Facebook.
In this report published on Thursday after a four-month investigation, the NGO accused the Ukrainian army of establishing military bases in schools and hospitals and launching attacks from populated areas, a tactic which it says violates international humanitarian law.
kyiv accuses the NGO of “creating a false reality”
Dmytro Kouleba in return accused Amnesty International of “creating a false balance between the oppressor and the victim, between the country which is destroying hundreds and thousands of civilians, cities, territories and the country which is desperately defending itself”.
“Stop creating this false reality, where everyone is a little guilty of something and start systematically reporting the truth about what Russia really stands for today,” he added.
Shortly before, Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhaïlo Podoliak had assured that “people’s lives” were “the priority” and that the populations of towns near the front were being evacuated.
Nothing to justify ‘indiscriminate Russian attacks’ for Amnesty
Mykhaïlo Podoliak accused Amnesty of participating in a “disinformation and propaganda campaign” in the service of the Kremlin’s arguments.
If Amnesty has denounced these Ukrainian tactics, the NGO insists that they “in no way justify the blind Russian attacks” which have hit the civilian populations.
The UN expressed concern at the end of March of videos showing violence and abuse against prisoners of war, by both Russian and Ukrainian troops, demanding that “all mistreatment” end “immediately.