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Human Rights Watch has evidence of cluster bombs use in eastern Ukraine

December 03, 2014, 16:15 UTC+3
Cluster munitions lack precision and therefore their use is prohibited in the territories where civilians live, Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth said
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Remnant tail section of a cluster bomb (archive)

Remnant tail section of a cluster bomb (archive)

© AP Photo/Human Rights Watch

KIEV, December 3. /TASS/. Human Rights Watch has evidence that the Ukrainian troops used cluster bombs in the country’s eastern region, Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth told a briefing in Kiev on Wednesday.

Our investigation has found clear facts that the Ukrainian side is responsible, he said, adding that the organisation could confirm this.

According to him, the impact zone of cluster bombs has its distinctive appearance. Human Rights Watch has been able to demonstrate that the bombs were dropped from the side controlled by the Ukrainian forces. This is confirmed by the fact that some bombs did not reach the target falling on the territory controlled by the Ukrainian army, Roth said.

The human rights defenders are dissatisfied with the investigation conducted by the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office into the facts of the use of cluster bombs by Ukraine’s security forces in the east of the country, the Human Rights Watch director said.

Many have heard that the organisation has conducted an investigation in the east of Ukraine and found out that cluster bombs were used in some instances by the pro-government forces in residential areas, he said.

Cluster munitions lack precision and therefore their use is prohibited in the territories where civilians live, the human rights defender said.

However, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office, he said, has failed to conduct the needed investigation. Instead of analysing the physical evidence of the use of cluster bombs, the prosecutor just checked the presence of these munitions at depots and said they were not taken anywhere, Roth said. Moreover, the investigation was conducted not on the type of the weapons the human rights organisation had probed into. The Ukrainian prosecutors checked mines, and not cluster bombs, said the Human Rights Watch representative. He said the organisation was not satisfied with this kind of investigation.

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