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Amnesty International accuses Moscow of using cluster bombs

Russia is said to have killed numerous civilians with cluster munitions in the Kharkiv region.

Amnesty International is investigating a total of 41 attacks. The human rights organization also blames Ukraine.

The human rights organization Amnesty International has accused the Russian armed forces of numerous war crimes in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. Accordingly, Russian troops have killed numerous civilians there by using cluster munitions. These weapons are banned by international treaties. More than a hundred countries already belong to a convention against cluster munitions that came into force in 2010, including Germany. However, Russia and Ukraine have not signed the agreement.

“In Kharkiv, people were killed in their homes and on the streets while they were visiting playgrounds with their children, commemorating their loved ones in cemeteries, while queuing for aid deliveries or while shopping,” reported Janine Uhlmannsiek from the German branch of Amnesty International, citing one new report entitled “Anyone can die at any time”.

Demand for trial and compensation

The human rights organization accused Russia of repeatedly using cluster munitions and unguided missiles in residential areas and playgrounds since the beginning of the war of aggression in Ukraine. Uhlmannsiek demanded that those responsible for these attacks should be brought to justice and that the injured and the families of the victims should be compensated.

Amnesty investigated a total of 41 attacks that killed at least 62 people and injured at least 196. Organization members spoke to 160 people in Kharkiv in April and May, including survivors of attacks, victims’ families and witnesses.

Conversely, according to Amnesty International, Ukrainian troops often launch attacks from residential areas, putting the lives of local civilians at risk. “This violates international humanitarian law, but in no way justifies the repeated indiscriminate attacks by Russian troops,” the human rights organization said.

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