Communist Amnesty International works for putler. So does fascist Le Pen.

Aug 4

From Telegraph Live:

Amnesty International has accused the Ukrainian army of endangering civilians and violating humanitarian law in their fight against Russian invaders.

The human rights NGO said Ukrainian forces in Kharkiv, Donbas and Mykolaiv had in some cases established bases and operated weapons systems in populated residential areas, including in schools and hospitals.

The group said such tactics violate international humanitarian law as they turn civilians into targets for Russian strikes.

“We have documented a pattern of Ukrainian forces putting civilians at risk and violating the laws of war when they operate in populated areas,” Agnes Callamard, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, said.

While the group said the practices “do not in any way justify indiscriminate Russian attacks”, Dr Callamard added: “Being in a defensive position does not exempt the Ukrainian military from respecting international humanitarian law.”

Amnesty said that between April and July, its researchers spent several weeks investigating Russian strikes and said it used satellite images to corroborate evidence of Ukrainian troops basing themselves in civilian buildings.

The group claimed that it was not aware that the Ukrainian military who located themselves in civilian structures buildings had asked or assisted civilians to evacuate, which it said was a “failure to take all feasible precautions to protect civilians”.

According to the latest UN estimate, more than 11,000 Ukrainian civilians have been killed since the war began on Feb 24.


Russia ‘could attack Zelensky’s hometown’

Ukraine said Russia had started creating a military strikeforce aimed at President Volodymyr Zelensky’s hometown of Kryvyi Rih.

Ukraine on Wednesday night said Russia was engaged in considerable military activity in the east, northeast and south of the country and warned that Moscow could be preparing new offensive operations in southern Ukraine.

Dmytro Zhyvytsky, governor of Sumy region on the border with Russia, said three towns had been shelled by Russian forces on Wednesday, with a total of 55 missiles fired. There were no injuries, but homes and commercial premises were damaged.

He said eight artillery shells hit residential parts of Krasnopilska community


End useless sanctions against Russia, Marine Le Pen tells EU

Right-wing French politician claims that bloc’s punitive measures should ‘disappear’ because they ‘make Europeans suffer’

Marine Le Pen has called on the European Union to put an end to sanctions against Russia, arguing that the economic consequences to the bloc are too extreme.

Speaking during a parliamentary press conference on Tuesday, the Right-wing French politician said the EU’s sanctions “serve no purpose” and should “disappear”.

She added: “Otherwise, Europe is going to face a blackout, notably on the question of Russian gas imports. These sanctions are simply useless. All they do is make Europeans suffer. And that, incidentally, includes French people.

“You’d need a huge dose of bad faith not to realise that, contrary to the inflated claims of our government, the Russian economy is not on its knees. They are not on the brink of bankruptcy.”

Agnes Pannier-Runacher, France’s minister for energy transition, hit back at Ms Le Pen’s statements, describing them as “extraordinarily dangerous” and “irresponsible”.

“She may pride herself as being the most patriotic politician, but she’s actually the first to be ready to sell [France] for a plate of lentils to Russia,” she told CNews.

“We are in a crisis situation that we did not want, but which is now global – it is not only specific to Europe. We must remain very united and we must not give up on the principles of the Republic and democracy.”

Agnes Pannier-Runacher
Agnes Pannier-Runacher, France’s minister for energy transition, condemned Marine Le Pen for her ‘irresponsible’ comments CREDIT: Alain Jocard/AFP via Getty Images

Ms Le Pen’s comments came as French lawmakers put the finishing touches to a colossal €20 billion (£16.7 billion) package of measures meant to help struggling households manage rising inflation and the energy crisis that may result in shortages this winter because of the war in Ukraine.

The measures, a key promise from Emmanuel Macron during his re-election campaign, include capping electricity wholesale price rises at four per cent, increases in pensions and benefits, and capping rent increases at 3.5 per cent.

The EU has adopted seven packages of sanctions against Russia since the invasion of Ukraine

They include individual sanctions against nearly 11,000 people including Vladimir Putin and Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s president and foreign minister, bans on the export of certain products such as luxury goods, crude oil and gold, and cutting Russia off from the Swift international payment system.

Despite an EU embargo on most Russian oil imports, analysts found that Europe actually increased its imports of Russian diesel by more than a fifth in July. The bloc imported nearly 700,000 barrels a day of fuel from Russia in July, a 22 per cent increase on the same time last year.

Russian oil Europe
Europe increased its imports of Russian diesel by more than a fifth in July CREDIT: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

The findings, which came from the tanker tracking group Vortexa, highlighted the challenge Europe faces when it comes to weaning itself off Russian oil imports.

European leaders have defended the move, saying adjustments will be made to decrease dependence on Russian oil in the coming months.

But international researchers said that despite Putin’s efforts to keep the Russian economy going, sanctions will eventually work if properly implemented.

Other reports suggested that Russia’s economy is already being “catastrophically” crippled by Western sanctions, with domestic production at a “complete standstill”.

According to a report from the University of Yale’s Chief Executive Leadership Institute, the 1,000-plus companies that have left Russia since the start of the invasion have resulted in net losses of $600 billion (£496 billion) – about 40 per cent of Russia’s GDP.

One comment

  1. So, this useless (yes, another useless international organization that no one needs) is now resorting to lying. Yes, I accuse them of lying. I read their misguided report and there is exactly zero evidence contained therein. As long as they write such garbage without putting in any sort of evidence, this, and other incompetent reports remain as blatant lies. Either they’re doing this because it’s easier to pick on the weaker entity, or the rubles are rolling straight into their bank accounts. Which is it?
    Marie Le Pen? This is a fascist jackass. Nothing she blathers has any value, whatsoever.

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