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HRW: new evidence reveals Ukraine used banned landmines in Russia conflict

by Derek Andrews
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Human Rights Watch (HRW) announced Friday they uncovered new proof that Ukraine used banned landmines and different unlawful artillery towards Russian troops.

In a information launch revealed on their web site, HRW reported that they found artillery rockets that they allege are Ukrainian. The findings originate with pictures of Uragan rockets present in an agricultural subject in Could by an area in jap Ukraine. HRW alleged that these rockets have been deployed by Ukraine due to Ukrainian writing they discovered on the perimeters of the rockets. They are saying that they’ve used the markings to hint the rockets to a Kyiv-based non-governmental group that helps the Ukrainian conflict effort.

Uragan rockets fall underneath a weapons subtype known as “mine-laying” rockets. As implied by the identify, “mine-laying” rockets are supposed to disperse mines all through a big space. Due to their indiscriminate nature, and the chance they pose to civilians lengthy after battle has ended, using mine-laying rockets is prohibited by the Mine Ban Treaty—also referred to as the Ottawa Treaty— which Ukraine ratified in 2005. Indiscriminate weaponry can be banned underneath a number of provisions of Article 8 of the Rome Statute.

HRW says that whereas Ukraine promised to analyze proof supplied in an earlier report revealed in January, they haven’t taken any significant steps to take action. The group urged Ukraine to meet its dedication to the Mine Ban Treaty and maintain these accountable for deploying the Uragan rockets to account.

JURIST was unable to seek out any response from the Ukrainian authorities to HRW’s accusations on Friday.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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