Ukraine is open to investigations into compliance with the laws and customs of war, but international organizations should first demand an end to Russia’s armed aggression, Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar said at a media center briefing “Ukraine”.
“In this situation, the first priority should not be the advice to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, who are today defending Europe, today the first priority of all international organizations should be the demand to the whole world to stop the international crime attack by the Russian Federation. , which has already killed thousands of civilians, and Russia will not stop on Ukrainian soil. Therefore, in this situation, Ukraine is open to investigations and we are conducting them, but we believe that the main demand and attention of the whole world should be the actions of the Russian Federation, which are a threat to the whole world.” Magyar said.
He pointed out that studies such as the latest one by Amnesty International do not take into account a number of factors, such as the fact that Russian forces are using tactics to occupy and hold populated areas.
“While we wait for the Russian enemy in the field, as some sometimes advise us, the Russians will simply occupy all our houses. Therefore, Ukrainian cities and villages are strengthened and defended against the international criminal, against the criminal state, which is the Russian Federation, and against the aggressor,” Malyar explained.
The deputy defense minister noted that air defense units are being deployed to cover the skies over populated areas based on the principle of achieving the greatest effectiveness.
“When there is no analysis of the actions of the enemy in the text about the actions of the Ukrainian armed forces during the war, it is similar to studying the actions of the victim without taking into account the actions of the armed rapist, that is, it is simply impossible to draw objective conclusions with such an approach,” Malyar said.
According to her, it is important to mention Bukha and Mariupol in order for the investigation to be objective and at least show all the violations and international crimes committed by Russia using these examples.
Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov also spoke separately on this issue on Facebook: “Any attempt to question the right of Ukrainians to resist genocide, to protect their families and homes, to protect their lives and the lives of their children, to resist Russia’s actions. as a terrorist state it is a perversion, in whatever legal constructions it would be disguised. Any attempt to equate unprovoked Russian aggression with Ukrainian self-defense, as done in the Amnesty International article, is evidence of a loss of competence and a way to destroy power.”
Earlier, the international human rights organization Amnesty International said in a new report that the Ukrainian army is endangering the civilian population by creating bases and placing weapons in residential areas, including schools and hospitals, while defending against .
Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called Amnesty International’s statement unfair: “This behavior of Amnesty International is not about finding and conveying the truth to the world, it is about creating a false balance between the criminal and the victim, between the country destroying the civilian population and entire cities by the thousands, and the country, desperately defending itself, saving its people and the entire continent from this influx.”
Kuleba urged them not to get involved in “creating a false reality where everyone is a little bit guilty of something.”
At the same time, the adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Mykhailo Podolyak, said that Amnesty International is participating in the Russian disinformation and propaganda campaign to discredit the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The study showed that placing weapons in populated areas violates international humanitarian law, as it turns civilian objects into military targets. As a result of Russian raids on populated areas, civilians are killed and urban infrastructure is destroyed, human rights defenders note.
Human rights activists claim the armed forces were based in residential buildings in 19 towns and villages in Kharkiv, Donetsk and Mykolaiv regions. Most of the populated areas where the soldiers were located were several kilometers from the front line.
“Being in a defensive position does not exempt the Ukrainian military from complying with international humanitarian law,” said Amnesty International’s secretary-general Agniesz Callamar. – The Ukrainian government should immediately ensure the deployment of its forces away from populated areas or evacuate the civilian population from areas where the army is operating.”
Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, emphasized that “the only thing that poses a threat to the lives of Ukrainians is the army of Russian executioners and rapists who came to Ukraine to commit genocide.”
At the same time, Amnesty International points out that Russia is carrying out indiscriminate attacks, in particular using ammunition banned by the international community. The organization documented that Russia committed war crimes in Kharkiv. “Amnesty found no evidence that Ukrainian forces were in civilian areas illegally attacked by the Russian military,” the report said.
Another human rights group said last month that Russian and Ukrainian forces are putting civilians in Ukraine at unnecessary risk by deploying their forces in residential areas and not moving residents to safer areas.
Since July 31, the UN has confirmed in Ukraine as a result At the same time, the organization emphasizes that the real numbers are much higher.
source: radio svoboda