After Amnesty International issued a report alleging that Ukrainian soldiers placed people in danger by basing themselves in inhabited areas, the director of the organization’s branch in Ukraine resigned on Friday.
Oksana Pokalchuk accused Amnesty International in a Facebook post on Friday night of rejecting staff members’ suggestions to change their report and failing to acknowledge the reality of the war in Ukraine.
I and the Amnesty International leadership have disagreed over ideals, which is unpleasant to accept, Pokalchuk noted. I firmly believe that every endeavor undertaken for the benefit of society must consider the regional context and consider the ramifications.
The assessment claimed that Ukrainian forces had violated international humanitarian standards by establishing bases and using weapons systems in schools, hospitals, and other civilian places. This infuriated senior Ukrainian authorities as well as Western academics of international and military law.
According to the Ukrainian military and local officials, Russian forces launched an assault on Bakhmut and Avdiivka, two cities in the eastern Donetsk region, on Saturday. They also continued their rocket and shelling attacks on other Ukrainian cities, including one close to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.