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Amnesty International Assessment That Ukraine ‘Put Civilians in Harm’s Way’ Stirs Outrage

It was understood that round 30,000 to 40,000 individuals of Lysychansk’s prewar inhabitants of round 100,000 individuals had stayed behind, making certain that Ukrainian forces have been typically sharing house buildings and different buildings with civilians, lots of whom have been hoping for his or her defeat.

The Russians “have bombed the school, the technical school, the ‘Silpo’ shop, and more,” mentioned Mykhailo, a resident of an house complicated in Lysychansk who gave solely his first title to keep away from retribution. “Everywhere the Ukrainian military settle is bombed and everything is being destroyed.”

Russian officers declare to not assault civilian areas, however Ukrainian and worldwide investigators say they’ve incontrovertible proof on the contrary. And Ukrainian politicians and human rights defenders, in addition to worldwide students, have argued that Ukrainian troopers have largely been compelled to defend territory underneath Russian assault.

“The complete absence of any positions, equipment, or even a single soldier near a school, hospital, kindergarten, church or museum will not protect them from Russian attacks with air, artillery, tanks, incendiary or cassette ammunition,” Roman Avramenko, the director of the TruthHounds NGO, which investigates conflict crimes, wrote on Facebook. “The presence of civilians never stopped the Russians from attacking these objects.”

Others pointed to the well-documented atrocities the Russian military has dedicated in city areas.

“In hundreds of occupied cities, towns and villages, what we saw in Bucha, Irpin, Gostomel is happening right now,” mentioned Olha Reshetylova, of the Media Initiative for Human Rights, a Ukrainian advocacy group, referring to Kyiv suburbs which have turn into synonymous with barbarity. “Therefore, I do not want the Ukrainian army to leave my city.”

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