“The water in the wells is not potable, firstly, it is technical, and secondly, there are animal corpses. I even saw how they poured out two bags of saltpeter, ”RIA Novosti quotes an eyewitness.
According to one of the servicemen of the second army corps of the People’s Militia of the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), Ukrainian militants are not doing this for the first time. He said that when they leave the settlements, they poison water and even leave poisoned food in order to harm civilians and servicemen of the LPR.
On August 4, the human rights organization Amnesty International published a report stating that the Ukrainian military violated international humanitarian law during the conflict. Human rights activists recorded that they deployed weapons at civilian infrastructure facilities in 19 cities and towns of Donbass and Ukraine.
The document also confirms Russian claims that the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) use civilians as human shields. In addition, it is noted that the Ukrainian command deliberately did not evacuate local residents from neighboring buildings.
In turn, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky regarded the report as an attempt to “shift responsibility from the aggressor to the victim.” And adviser to the head of the office of the Ukrainian leader, Mikhail Podolyak, accused Amnesty International of a disinformation and propaganda campaign against Ukraine. According to him, in this way attempts were made to discredit the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the eyes of Western society and disrupt the supply of weapons.
The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, also reacted to the report. She stated that Russia has consistently reported cases of the use of civilians in the report to achieve military goals.
This report has already managed to shock readers of the British newspaper Daily Mail.
On February 24, Russia announced the start of a special operation to protect the civilian population of Donbass. It began against the backdrop of the situation in the region that worsened in mid-February. Then the authorities of the DPR and LPR reported on the increased shelling by the Ukrainian troops, announced the evacuation of the civilian population in the Russian Federation and asked for recognition of independence. On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the relevant decrees.
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