President’s Office slams Amnesty International for accusing Ukraine’s Army of endangering civilians

4 August, 04:08 PM
Amnesty International accused Ukraine’s Army of endangering civilians (Photo:AP Photo / Mstyslav Chernov)

Amnesty International accused Ukraine’s Army of endangering civilians (Photo:AP Photo / Mstyslav Chernov)

Presidential Office advisor Mykhailo Podolyak has said he believes Amnesty International is spreading Russian disinformation by accusing Ukrainian Armed Forces of endangering civilians.

Recently the organization slammed Ukrainian defenders for using civilian infrastructure as shelter from Russian shelling.

"Being in a defensive position does not exempt the Ukrainian military from compliance with international humanitarian law," said Amnesty International Secretary General Agnès Callamard.

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Amnesty International claims “Ukrainian forces have put civilians in harm’s way by establishing bases and operating weapons systems in populated residential areas, including in schools and hospitals, as they repelled the Russian invasion that began in February.”

At the same time, despite these accusations, Amnesty International recognized that humanitarian law does not prohibit parties to the conflict from being in educational institutions when classes are not held.

In turn, Podolyak said that the threat to peaceful Ukrainians was coming not from the Armed Forces, which protect them at the cost of their own lives, but the Russian military, who are responsible for many of the most brutal war crimes.

“The only thing that poses a threat to Ukrainians is an army of executioners and rapists coming to commit genocide,” Podolyak wrote on Twitter.

“Our defenders protect their nation and families. People's lives are the priority for Ukraine, that is why we are evacuating residents of front-line cities.”

According to him, Russia is making every effort to discredit the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the eyes of Western societies and disrupt the supply of weapons, using the entire network of its agents of influence.

“It's a shame that an organization like Amnesty International is participating in this disinformation and propaganda campaign," he said.

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