Last Updated on March 22, 2023
Amnesty International has admitted that Ukraine is using children and other civilians as human shields in its war against Russia, launching attacks from populated areas and turning schools, hospitals, and homes into military outposts; all things that Amnesty International says constitute a violation of humanitarian law.
Amnesty International is frequently cited by the globalist class as the foremost organization on human rights and has been openly in favor of taking down Russia and its President, Vladimir Putin. However, a recent admission by the globally-operating NGO sheds light on the human shield tactics that Ukraine is using as the war with Russia drags on.
“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 in a statement that was released in August 2022 but received little media coverage.
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“Such tactics violate international humanitarian law and endanger civilians, as they turn civilian objects into military targets,” Amnesty International’s statement went on, before admitting that many of the civilian casualties reported in the Russo-Ukrainian War come as a direct result of Ukraine’s human shield tactics.
“We have documented a pattern of Ukrainian forces putting civilians at risk and violating the laws of war when they operate in populated areas.”
Furthermore, Amnesty International says that it investigated numerous Russian strikes in Ukraine, that have been labeled as attacks on civilians, but found that wasn’t the case and that Ukrainian forces had made deliberate military use of residential areas.
“Throughout these investigations, researchers found evidence of Ukrainian forces launching strikes from within populated residential areas as well as basing themselves in civilian buildings in 19 towns and villages,” in the Donbas, Kharkiv, and Mykolaiv regions, all of which have experienced intense combat since Russia’s Special Military Operation began.
Most of these civilian sites, Amnesty International said, were located several kilometers away from the front lines and were used to launch artillery strikes and stage troops.
“Survivors and witnesses of Russian strikes…told Amnesty International researchers that the Ukrainian military had been operating near their homes around the time of the strikes, exposing the areas to retaliatory fire from Russian forces,” the statement reads.
Disturbingly, Amnesty International described the Ukrainian military’s use of schools as military outposts as “routine,” reporting that when Amnesty International researchers visited 29 different Ukrainian schools, they found Ukrainian military personnel and their armaments at 22 of them.
Amnesty International’s Secretary General, Agnès Callamard, concluded that “the Ukrainian government should immediately ensure that it locates its forces away from populated areas, or should evacuate civilians from areas where the military is operating.”
According to the Amnesty International statement, Ukraine’s government did not respond to an inquiry related to their use of schools, hospitals, and homes as combat outposts.