Belligerent parties in Ukraine must keep in mind that they are responsible for keeping their hostilities within international humanitarian law, HRW warned.
“Ukrainian authorities should order all their forces, including volunteer forces, to immediately stop using Grads in or near populated areas, and insurgent forces should avoid deploying in densely populated areas,” said Ole Solvang, senior emergencies researcher at Human Rights Watch.
“Commanding officers on all sides should recognize that one day they could face legal consequences for their actions.”
Earlier the International Red Cross officially declared the hostilities in eastern Ukraine a civil war, which opened the way for prosecuting atrocities committed there in international courts.
2466249 07/21/2014 Residents of a multi-storey building damaged by the artillery shelling of Donetsk by the Ukrainian army. Mikhail Voskresenskiy/RIA Novosti