The head of Amnesty International Ukraine resigns for a ‘biased’ report against her country

The head of Amnesty International in Ukraine, Oksana Pokalchuk, has submitted her resignation, in the context of the report published by the same organization last Thursday.

The aforementioned report “inadvertently served the propaganda of the Russian media,” according to a statement that Oksana posted on her Facebook page on Saturday: “Whoever does not live in a country invaded by occupiers who divide it, may not understand the meaning of condemning an army of defenders.”

“I unsuccessfully tried to convince the Amnesty International leadership that the report was biased and did not take into account the views of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry,” the same statement added.

The same organization announced that it is responsible for its report in which it accuses the Ukrainian army of endangering the civilian population in its resistance to the Russian invasion, by deploying military infrastructure in populated areas.

Last Friday, the report angered Kyiv, as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused the same organization of “trying to whitewash the Russian terrorist state” by “somehow identifying the victim with the aggressor.”

Amnesty International said it had contacted Ukrainian Defense Ministry officials on July 29 about its findings, but had not received a response in time before the publication of its report.

The former head of the organization’s branch believes the latter “gave too little time for the Defense Ministry to respond,” adding that “as a result, the organization inadvertently issued a report that appeared to inadvertently support the Russian narrative.”

The aforementioned report includes the organization’s accusations by the Ukrainian army of deploying military bases in schools and hospitals and launching attacks from populated areas, a tactic, according to the same report, “which constitutes a violation of international humanitarian law.”

The same report adds that Ukrainian tactics “in no way justify Russia’s indiscriminate attacks” that affect the civilian population.