Amnesty Accuses Russia of War Crimes Committed in Kharkiv
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Amnesty International reported 606 Ukrainian citizens killed and 1248 injured by Russian bomb shelling in the Kharkiv region.
According to the recent Amnesty report, hundreds of civilians were murdered by cluster munitions, inaccurate rockets, and anti-personnel mines used by Russian forces. International humanitarian law bans these types of ammunition worldwide, although Russia has signed and ratified the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons concluded in Geneva by the UN in 1980.
“People have been killed in their homes and in the streets, in playgrounds and in cemeteries, while queueing for humanitarian aid, or shopping for food and medicine,” said Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International’s senior crisis response adviser. “The repeated use of widely banned cluster munitions is shocking, and a further indication of utter disregard for civilian lives. The Russian forces responsible for these horrific attacks must be held accountable.”
In its report, the Amnesty International NGO stressed that “launching indiscriminate attacks resulting in death or injury to civilians, or damage to civilian objects, constitutes war crimes.”
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