Russia-Ukraine conflict: Amnesty International accuses Russia of committing war crimes in Ukraine The group said the cluster munitions bomb had been used in several attacks in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, killing hundreds of civilians. The Guardian reports that the rights group made the remarks in a report published on Monday entitled “Anyone can die at any time.” The report details how the Russian military began targeting Kharkiv’s urban areas from the first day of the attack on February 24.
“Hundreds of civilians have been killed and injured in repeated attacks on residential areas in Kharkiv, which are war crimes,” the report said. According to the report, “the same is true for attacks using clusters (bombs) as well as attacks using other types of unguided rockets and unguided artillery shells.”
‘Exploitation of blasts in urban areas’
“The continued use of such improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in populated urban areas, knowing that there are large numbers of civilian casualties, is tantamount to direct attacks on the civilian population,” the report said.
The Guardian reported that Amnesty said it had uncovered evidence of Russian forces’ repeated use of 9N210 and 9N235 cluster bombs and deactivation of landmines in Kharkiv, which are banned under international conventions. Is imposed
Cluster bombs drop dozens of bombs or grenades into the air and scatter them indiscriminately over hundreds of square meters. Scattered landmines combine “the worst possible properties of cluster munitions and anti-personnel mines,” the Amnesty report said. The report further states that unguided artillery shells have an error margin of more than 100 meters.
‘People killed in their homes and streets’
“People have been killed in their homes and on the streets, in playgrounds and cemeteries, in queues for humanitarian aid, or in the purchase of food and medicine,” said Dontella Rivera, Amnesty International’s Senior Crisis Response Advisor.
The Guardian reports that Kharkiv’s military administration told Amnesty that 606 civilians had been killed and 1,248 wounded in the region since the war began.
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