“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, Amnesty International said today. Such tactics violate international humanitarian law and endanger civilians, as they turn civilian objects into military targets. The ensuing Russian strikes in populated areas have killed civilians and destroyed civilian infrastructure. “We have documented a pattern of Ukrainian forces putting civilians at risk and violating the laws of war when they operate in populated areas,” said Agnès Callamard, Amnesty International’s Secretary General” (Amnesty International – ‘Ukraine: Ukrainian fighting tactics endanger civilians’ 04.08.2022).
The Amnesty International Report of yesterday is certainly a golden nugget for Kremlin and Moscow. The internally renowned organization is setting a standard and a voice, which is fitting well for the attackers or invaders in this case. The Amnesty Internation is doing itself a disservice actually. Instead of looking into the warfare and the acts of both parties. They are blaming the defending party and how they are trying stop or regain it’s territories. That’s seems like a lost part of it and the whole report seems fixated on blaming and vilify the Defence of Ukraine.
What is striking here is that Amnesty doesn’t comprehend or understand a defensive war. As the Russian aggression, attacks and blatant carpet bombing isn’t considered. Neither is there is a show of the war-crimes from the regions of which the Russians has retreated from. This just shows what sort of hack-work this report is.
The Ukrainian forces has to use cities and populated areas. That is something the Russian forces are bombing, targeting and viciously attacking on the regular too. So, it is not like the Ukrainian forces would do this, but they got too. Because they are defending their territories and the nation.
The report of Amnesty doesn’t clarify or comes with reasoning. Only comes with direct accusations without justifications of it. Like they cannot comprehend or understand the realities on the ground. They are using the means and the knowledge of the territories, in such a way that the aggressor and invader has to struggle to gain territory. That’s what a war does and the Russians has attacked civilian targets, schools, museums and all things associated with Ukrainian culture. Heck, they are burning books and re-schooling children only in Russian in the occupied territories. Therefore, the neglect of the whole manner of which Russian forces is attacking is obviously lost here.
For an organization as renowned and known as Amnesty. An organization bound to fight for human rights and justice. This report isn’t doing any good, but instead helping Russian propaganda. The report will be used by Kremlin news-services and be spread as wild-fire. A sort of message and stories that will be mentioned to defend the Russian invaders. Since it explains and uses language that alleges Ukrainians as criminals with the defence of their own nation. That’s impressive and not what you could expect of Amnesty.
The armed forces of Ukraine cannot pick their battlefields. That is in play because of where the Russians are occupying and where they are based. This makes it impossible to choose distant and far outback wheat-fields to do medieval battles with swords and crossbows. The war that is going on is a modern warfare and on the basis of how the Russians has attacked the Republic of Ukraine. It is so simple and should have been considered in the report, but that was too much to ask.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine cannot ask or beg the Russians to attack in rural areas or densely populated ones. The Russians are attacking and occupying populated cities, towns and villages. That isn’t the fault of Ukraine. However, it felt that like that reading Amnesty report. It is really amazing, but they should be able to think and consider before publishing this.
The analysts and the ones studying the war or warfare in Amnesty International. They clearly need to study what a defensive war entails and what an offensive aggressor does. Because, the Ukrainian Armed Forces are defending themselves and to whatever means they see fit. While they are also asking and pleading for the civilians to get out or have “cease-fires” or routes to safe-haven for the innocent civilians on the front-lines or battlefields. Therefore, it’s so outrageous reading this and the Kremlin friendly media will “love this”. Peace.