HRW accuses Russia of opening fire on civilian vehicles in Ukraine and asks to “verify” before shooting

MADRID, May 2. (EUROPE PRESS) –

The NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused Russian forces on Monday of opening fire “indiscriminately” against civilian vehicles and has insisted on the need to “verify” that they are not combatants before firing.

Thus, he has cited three incidents of this type in regions such as kyiv and Chernigov, where six civilians have died from injuries caused by shots by Russian forces.

“The Russian military open fire at checkpoints against all vehicles without verifying whether the occupants are civilians or not,” said Belkis Wille, a researcher for conflict zones at the organization.

In this regard, he recalled that International Law obliges the parties to the conflict to “distinguish between civilians and combatants” and prohibits targeting civilians in the context of an armed conflict, whether “in their homes, on the streets or in their cars.

Likewise, HRW has insisted that it is necessary to take “precautions to minimize the damage caused to civilian targets and not carry out indiscriminate attacks that could leave civilian victims.”

“Russia must carry out impartial and transparent investigations into these types of deaths and compensate the victims of those acts that have been carried out illegally,” he said.

For Wille, these acts are an example of the “failure of the Russian forces to adhere to international law and minimize the damage caused to the civilian population.” “The Russian Army has an obligation to investigate these incidents and bring those responsible to justice,” she said.

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