Amnesty regrets 'distress' caused by report rebuking Ukraine
The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was said to be infuriated and the Kyiv Office Head eventually resigned after Amnesty International released a report that accused Ukraine of endangering civilians. Since then, the group has apologized for causing “distress and anger.”
The report was published earlier last week and said that the presence of Ukrainian troops in the residential living areas increased the risk of civilians being affected due to the Russian invasion.
"Amnesty International deeply regrets the distress and anger that our press release on the Ukrainian military's fighting tactics has caused.
Amnesty International’s priority in this and in any conflict is ensuring that civilians are protected. Indeed, this was our sole objective when releasing this latest piece of research. While we fully stand by our findings, we regret the pain caused."
An email from Amnesty International read.
The group has also been accused by Volodymyr Zelenskyy of trying to shift responsibility from Russian aggression. These claims were backed up after the Ukrainian Head of Amnesty International, Oksana Pokalchuk, resigned stating that the report was strictly a “propaganda gift for Russia.”
Citizens have been urged to evacuate from front-line areas multiple times. However, Amnesty Internation claimed to have found Ukrainian forces residing next to civilian residences in 19 towns and villages it has visited. Once again, the group reiterated the increased risk associated with having Ukrainian troops blended in with civilians concerning incoming Russian fire.
"This does not mean that Amnesty International holds Ukrainian forces responsible for violations committed by Russian forces, nor that the Ukrainian military is not taking adequate precautions elsewhere in the country.
We must be very clear: Nothing we documented Ukrainian forces doing in any way justifies Russian violations."
Amnesty International concluded.