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Ukrainian government forces used cluster munitions in populated areas in Donetsk city in early October 2014. The use of cluster munitions in populated areas violates the laws of war due to the indiscriminate nature of the weapon and may amount to war crimes
“Ukrainian forces should immediately make a commitment to not use cluster munitions and to investigate and hold accountable any personnel responsible for firing cluster munitions into populated areas. Ukraine should accede to the treaty banning their use,” HRW said.
At least seven people have been forcibly disappeared or gone missing in Crimea since May 2014, including two on September 27, Human Rights Watch said today. Five are Crimean Tatars and two are pro-Ukraine activists. Crimean Tatars have generally openly opposed Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March. Two other Crimean Tatars who appeared not to have political ties have gone missing in recent days. The body of one was found hanged on October 6. De-facto authorities in Crimea should promptly and thoroughly investigate these cases and bring those responsible to account, Human Rights Watch said.
Targeting civilians is a crime regardless of the "weapons used".
"Russians" aren't the terrorists in Ukraine. The tire burners in Kiev are.
Is there proof that civilians were the intended target?
This is an article you find helpful ran by the New York Times discussing the use of Cluster Munitions and various war crimes committed by the Ukrainian government against its civilian population centers.
An August cluster-munitions attack on the village of Starobesheve, which was in Ukrainian Army hands, was probably carried out either by pro-Russian rebels or by Russian troops, the report says.
While not conclusive, circumstances indicate that anti-government forces might also have been responsible for the use of cluster munitions, Human Rights Watch said.
Human Rights Watch also called on Russia to make an immediate commitment to not use cluster munitions and to accede to the cluster munitions treaty.
First HRW recognises Crimea after the so called "Russian occupation", now recognises one type of war crime in Ukraine.
Where are the so called "anti-war movements" today?
I agree. Russia needs to stop using cluster munitions.
First off this thread isn't about Russia or its whatever the do in there wars this thread is about Ukraine using cluster munitions agaisnt her own people in the east.
Your going off topic.
OSCE observers do not confirm use of cluster bombs by Ukrainian army
The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission does not confirm human rights activists' reports alleging the use of cluster munitions in the army operation zone in eastern Ukraine. "We have about 90 observers in eastern Ukraine. If we saw something like that, we would have recorded it, but that has not currently been recorded. All we have to say about ammunition or shelling appears in our daily reports. By this time there was nothing in our reports about it," OSCE spokesman Michael Bociurkiw told Deutsche Welle, speaking of a Human Rights Watch report. Daily reports issued by OSCE observers record every shelling incident in Donbass. Observers promptly visit incident sites.