The NGO refuse to retract their tweets, even though it doesn't fit the narrative.
Amnesty International has revealed that Ukraine is deliberately placing military forces in residential areas in direct violation of international law. The revelation that they are effectively using their own citizens as human shields has, unsurprisingly, gone entirely unreported by the MSM but it now the organisation has revealed that pressure has been applied for them to retract the report as it doesn't 'fit the narrative'.
According to the original report, Amnesty observers have witnessed Ukrainian forces stationed in the vicinity of residential areas and schools in at least 19 towns and villages across the country, thereby endangering civilians who are under increased threat from Russian bombardment.
President Zelensky reacted to the report in his usual manner, by accusing Amnesty International of being an “accomplice of Russia – a terrorist country – and a terrorist themselves and a participant in the killings,” and continuing to claim that “Ukraine is a victim.”
Amnesty appeared to back pedal, telling the media that it “deeply regrets the distress and anger that our press release on the Ukrainian military fighting tactics has caused.” but that's not a retraction and the group is not retracting its original claim, the tweet is still live and the statement is still available on the organisation's own website.
Amnesty emphasised that its “sole objective” in publishing the report was to ensure that “civilians are protected.” The group made it clear that it “fully stand[s] by our findings,” with Amnesty International’s secretary general Agnes Callamard asserting, “being in a defensive position does not exempt the Ukrainian military from respecting international humanitarian law.”
Ukraine is violating international law by placing civilians in harm’s way, and, again, vindicates Russia who made the assertion last month but was dismissed as 'Putin Propaganda' by the BBC.