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Russian shelling killed 606 in Ukraine’s Kharkiv

Most of the strikes investigated by Amnesty International inflicted multiple casualties over widespread areas.

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Kyiv: Since the Ukrainian-Russian conflict began, 606 civilians has been killed while 1,248 injured in Kharkiv by ‘indiscriminate Russian shelling’, an international non-governmental organization said on Monday.

The director of the Medical Department at the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration told Amnesty International that 606 civilians had been killed and 1,248 injured in the Kharkiv region since the conflict began.

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Most of the strikes investigated by Amnesty International inflicted multiple casualties over widespread areas.

Russian forces repeatedly using 9N210/9N235 cluster munitions as well as scatterable mines, both of which are subject to international treaty bans because of their indiscriminate effects, Amnesty International found during an extensive investigation. 

Amnesty’s Senior Crisis Response Adviser Donatella Rovera said, “The people of Kharkiv have faced a relentless barrage of indiscriminate attacks in recent months, which killed and injured hundreds of civilians. 

“People have been killed in their homes and in the streets, in playgrounds and in cemeteries, while queueing for humanitarian aid, or shopping for food and medicine.

“The repeated use of widely banned cluster munitions is shocking, and a further indication of utter disregard for civilian lives. The Russian forces responsible for these horrific attacks must be held accountable for their actions, and victims and their families must receive full reparations.”

The report, ‘Anyone can die at any time’: Indiscriminate attacks by Russian forces in Kharkiv, Ukraine, documents how Russian forces have caused widespread ‘death and destruction’ by relentlessly bombarding residential neighbourhoods of Kharkiv since their invasion started.

Meanwhile, speaking at the UN’s Human Rights Council session in Geneva, UN Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet termed the “arbitrary arrest of a large number of anti-war protesters” in Russia “worrying”.

Bachelet added that Russia had introduced “new criminal law restrictions” that included “general prohibitions on the dissemination of information based on vague and ambiguous notions, including ‘false news’ or ‘non-objective information,'” CNN report said.

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