UN: Ukrainian Forces Took Over Nursing Home And Used Residents As Human Shields, Claimed 'Atrocities' When Russia Attacked

Chris Menahan
Jul. 11, 2022

A new UN report found that Ukrainian officials ignored a nursing home's request to evacuate its elderly and disabled residents to safety and instead allegedly mined the surrounding roads and had the military take up positions in the care facility and use its residents as human shields.

When Russia attacked the Ukrainian military's outpost and allegedly injured or killed many of the residents within that they were using as human shields, the Ukrainians accused Russia of committing war crimes.

In fact, when the residents who survived the attack fled from the building into a nearby forest they were provided with aid by Russian forces.

From the AP, "UN says Ukraine bears share of blame for nursing home attack":
Two weeks after Russia invaded Ukraine in February, Russian forces assaulted a nursing home in the eastern region of Luhansk. Dozens of elderly and disabled patients, many of them bedridden, were trapped inside without water or electricity.

The March 11 assault set off a fire that spread throughout the facility, suffocating people who couldn't move. A small number of patients and staff escaped and fled into a nearby forest, finally getting assistance after walking for 5 kilometers (3 miles).

In a war awash in atrocities, the attack on the nursing home near the village of Stara Krasnyanka stood out for its cruelty. And Ukrainian authorities placed the fault squarely on Russian forces, accusing them of killing more than 50 vulnerable civilians in a brutal and unprovoked attack.

But a new U.N. report has found that Ukraine's armed forces bear a large, and perhaps equal, share of the blame for what happened in Stara Krasnyanka, which is about 580 kilometers (360 miles) southeast of Kyiv. A few days before the attack, Ukrainian soldiers took up positions inside the nursing home, effectively making the building a target.

At least 22 of the 71 patients survived the assault, but the exact number of people killed remains unknown, according to the United Nations.

The report by the U.N.’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights doesn’t conclude the Ukrainian soldiers or the Russian troops committed a war crime. But it said the battle at the Stara Krasnyanka nursing home is emblematic of the human rights office’s concerns over the potential use of "human shields" to prevent military operations in certain areas.
Here's the excerpt straight from the report:

Using civilians as human shields is a war crime but it's par for the course for the Ukrainian military.

Last month, former Ukrainian Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights, Lyudmila Denisova, admitted she "exaggerated" claims that Russian soldiers committed mass rapes in order to convince the West to send more weapons to the Zelensky regime.

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