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Zelensky Accuses Amnesty International of Cozying Up to Putin Regime

Zelenski acusa a Amnistía Internacional de lavar la imagen del régimen de Putin

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky criticized the report published Thursday by Amnesty International, which accused his country of endangering the civilian population because he says it “attempts to grant amnesty to a terrorist state” and equates victim and aggressor.
“We saw today a completely different report from Amnesty International, which unfortunately tries to amnesty the terrorist state and shift the responsibility from the aggressor to the victim,” Zelensky said in his speech early this morning.
On Thursday, Amnesty International (AI) said that Ukrainian forces are endangering civilians by establishing military bases in residential areas and launching attacks from areas inhabited by civilians.”Ukrainian forces have put civilians in harm’s way by establishing bases and operating weapons systems in populated residential areas, including in schools and hospitals, as they repelled the Russian invasion that began in February,” it reads. Zelensky stated, “There cannot be – even hypothetically – any condition under which any Russian attack on Ukraine becomes justified. Aggression against our state is unprovoked, invasive, and openly terroristic.”

“And if someone makes a report in which the victim and the aggressor are allegedly the same in something…this cannot be tolerated,” he said. The Ukrainian president recalled the attack perpetrated on Thursday by the Russians against the city of Toretsk, in the Donetsk region, in which eight people at a bus stop were killed, an action in which three children were also wounded.

“It was a deliberate strike by the occupiers, another act of terror – cynical and calculated. They knew where they were hitting, and they obviously wanted people to get hurt,” said Zelensky, who regretted not seeing “clear and timely reports from some international organizations regarding this and thousands of other crimes committed by Russian terrorists.”

“Almost 200 religious buildings alone – temples and prayer houses of various denominations – were damaged or destroyed by Russian strikes. Almost 900 medical facilities. Over 2,200 educational institutions. Dozens of universities, hundreds of schools and kindergartens,” Zelensky listed.

“The occupiers repeatedly deliberately fired artillery and mortars at people queuing for water, at evacuation buses, and repeatedly at public transport stops,” he said. “And there are no reports about it for some reason. This is immoral selectivity,” he added.

Update [8/6/2022 – 2:09 pm ET]: An earlier translation of this article’s title incorrectly used the word “undermining”, instead of “cozying up.” It has been updated to correctly highlight Zelensky’s words.

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