The head of Amnesty International’s branch in Ukraine resigned on Friday after a human rights group released a report alleging that Ukrainian forces were harming civilians by being stationed in densely populated areas.
In a Facebook post made Friday night, Oksana Pokarchuk accused Amnesty International of failing. Recognizing the realities of the war in Ukraine and ignoring the advice of local staff who urged the group to revise its report.
“It is painful to admit, but myself and the management of Amnesty International were divided over values,” Pokarczuk wrote. “I believe that any activity undertaken for the benefit of society should take local conditions into account and think about its consequences.”
The report angered Ukrainian government officials. Western scholars of international and military lawalleging that the Ukrainian military violated international humanitarian law by setting up bases and operating weapons systems in schools, hospitals and other densely populated areas.
The report “documents a pattern of Ukrainian forces endangering civilians and violating the laws of war when operating in populated areas,” Amnesty International executive director Agnès Karamar said in a report. said. “Being on the defensive does not exempt the Ukrainian military from respecting international humanitarian law.”
Pokarchuk argued that the report had become a “Russian propaganda tool” because the Ukrainian Defense Ministry was not given sufficient time to respond to the report’s findings. It justifies attacks on civilian areas by suggesting that it has set up firing positions at the location of
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► Ukrainian forces are strengthening their positions around the eastern city of Sloviansk in anticipation of a renewed Russian attempt to seize strategic points in the hotly contested Donetsk region.
A Washington-based think tank, the War Research Institute, assessed Friday that Russian forces will increasingly move men and equipment from Donbass toward southern Ukraine to push back Ukrainian counterattacks around the occupied port city of Kherson. said.
Russia, Ukraine accuse each other of power plant attack
Russia and Ukraine on Friday accused each other of shelling the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, Europe’s largest.
Ukraine’s state-owned nuclear energy company Energoatom said in a statement on Friday that Russian troops had opened fire on the nuclear power plant, “causing a humanitarian disaster in the city.”President Volodymyr Zelenskiy blamed Russia in his Friday night speech, suggesting it was responsible for the increase in attacks sanctions on the country.
“This is the largest nuclear power plant on our continent, and any shelling of this facility is a blatant crime and an act of terrorism,” Zelensky said.
The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that the attack was carried out by Ukraine.
“Fortunately, the Ukrainian artillery shells did not hit the nearby oil and fuel facilities and the oxygen plant, thus avoiding a larger fire and possible radiation accident,” the ministry said in a statement, quoted by Reuters. Stated.
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War is nearing ‘new phase’, says UK Defense Ministry
of The UK Ministry of Defense said on Saturday Russia’s war in Ukraine is approaching a “new stage” as heavy fighting shifts parallel to the Dnieper between Zaporizhia and Kherson.
The ministry said Russian forces were “almost certainly” moving southwest away from Ukraine’s Donbass region in anticipation of a possible counterattack or attack by Ukraine.
The ministry said Ukrainian forces had zeroed out targets on bridges, ammunition depots and railway networks, with “increasing frequency” in the southern regions of Ukraine.
Ukraine Grain Shipments Offer Hope, Food Crisis Solved
Ships carrying corn to the port of Tripoli in northern Lebanon are not usually controversial. But it’s getting more attention because of where it came from: the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Odessa.
With more than 26,000 tonnes of maize to feed its chickens, Lazoni comes out on the edge of Russia’s war threatening food supplies in countries like Lebanon, which boasts a staggering 122% food inflation rate, the highest in the world. I’m here. We rely on the Black Sea region for almost all our wheat.
The fighting has trapped 20 million tonnes of grain inside Ukraine, and Mr Lazoni’s departure on Monday meant that these foods could be removed and delivered to farms and bakeries, helping hundreds of starving people in Africa and the Middle East. It was the first big step towards feeding 10,000 poor people. and part of Asia.
“It’s a big deal to really see shipments moving,” said Jonathan Haynes, senior analyst at data analytics firm Glo Intelligence. “This 26,000 tonnes of the 20 million tonne scale that is locked up is nothing, absolutely nothing…but once we start seeing this, every cargo that is shipped will increase confidence.”
Contribution: Associated Press