RUSSIAN VIOLATIONS OF IHL IN UKRAINE MAKE FOR GRIM READING

The Celtic League were absolutely correct to condemn the Russian aggression against Ukraine.

A recent report by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has found that Russia has committed gross violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL). See below:

“The second mission has largely confirmed the conclusions reached by the first mission. It has discovered clear patterns of serious violations of IHL attributable mostly to Russian armed forces in many areas which its investigations referred to. A considerable number of civilians have been killed or injured, and civilian objects – like civilian houses, hospitals, cultural property, schools, multi-story residential buildings, administrative buildings, penitentiary institutions, water stations and electricity systems – have been damaged or destroyed in numerous towns and villages. The magnitude and frequency of the indiscriminate attacks carried out against civilians and civilian objects, including in sites where no military facility was identified, is credible evidence that hostilities were conducted by Russian armed forces with disregard to their fundamental obligation to comply with the basic principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution that constitute the fundamental basis of IHL.

“The signs of torture and ill-treatment on the corpses of killed civilians also show disregard of the principle of humanity that should guide the application of IHL in military operations.”

The full report can be downloaded:

https://www.osce.org/odihr/522616

The report makes for disturbing reading and does indicate that the Executive Officers of the General Council of the Celtic League in issuing a direct criticism of the Russian invasion of Ukraine were absolutely correct.

Bernard Moffatt

Assistant General Secretary

Celtic League (15 July 2022)

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