Amnesty International official in Kiev resigns, criticizing organization

Amnesty International’s representative in Ukraine today announced her resignation, alleging that a report by the organization accusing the Ukrainian armed forces of endangering civilians unwittingly served as “Russian propaganda”. “I am resigning from Amnesty International in Ukraine,” Oksana Pokaltchouk said in a statement published in the early hours of Saturday on the social network Facebook.

The report, released on Thursday, warned that Ukrainian forces endanger the civilian population when they establish military bases in residential areas and launch attacks from areas inhabited by civilians.

Ukrainian forces put civilians in danger when they set up bases and operate weapons systems “in areas inhabited by civilians, including schools and hospitals, to repel the Russian invasion that began in February”, the organization said in the document, adding that these tactics violated international law and turn civilian zones into military objectives against which the Russians retaliate.

The human rights organization noted, however, that this action does not justify Russia’s indiscriminate attacks, which have killed more than 5,000 civilians, according to the United Nations.

This criticism angered Kiev, with the head of Ukrainian diplomacy, Dmytro Kuleba, saying he was “indignant” at the “unfair” accusations advanced by Amnesty International, while the President, Volodymyr Zelensky, considered that the organization was “trying to amnesty the terrorist state Russian”.

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