Kiev army increasingly often targets civilians, infrastructure – ombudswoman

August 20, 2019 10:51

Donetsk, Aug 20 – DAN. The life and health of Donetsk People’s Republic residents, despite the new truce, are increasingly often endangered as Kiev troops step up the shelling of the Republic’s territory, DPR ombudswoman Darya Morozova said on Tuesday.

“In violation of the norms and requiremetns of the international humanitarian law, civilians, civil infrastructure facilities and houses increasingly often come under aimed attacks or face the threat of destruction as a result of Ukraine’s actions,” Morozova said.

The ombudswoman said that the Ukrainian army was encroaching on the people’s most important right, i.e. the right to life. She also said that the increase in the number of life-threatening strikes at residential areas and the strikes at farmlands that start fires and destroy crops, violate Articles 13 and 14 of the additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions of August 12, 1949.

On top of that, the Ukrainian army uses unmanned aerial vehicles to deliver indiscriminate strikes at areas and civil infrastructure facilities in violation of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons which are considered excessively injurious or whose effects are indiscriminate.

“Such acts of aggression by Ukraine directly contradict the initiatives for a peaceful settlement of the Donbass conflict. We insist that international human rights organisations take all necessary measures to record these violations and effectively investigate them,” Morozova said.

The comprehensive, indefinite and lasting ceasefire recommitment has been formally in effect in Donbass since July 21.*jk