Russians use Ukrainians as human shields for army equipment – rights official

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Russian soldiers who took over the town of Trostyanets, south of Sumy, are forcing residents to protect Russian military equipment with their bodies, a war crime, the Ukrainian comptroller of human rights has said.

According to a report by Lyudmyla Denisova, the city has been under Russian control for weeks and Russian soldiers have used it to hide tanks and other military equipment next to houses, shops, administrative buildings and other infrastructure. civil. People are also forced to spend nights outside in the cold to sit next to the equipment, so the Ukrainians don’t bomb it.

The report notes that when a local politician was killed and her body left in the street, snipers fired on anyone trying to retrieve it. A number of other people were shot dead by IOF, including three elderly people, who were killed when houses were bombed on Sunday.

Troops are also looting shops, pharmacies and homes, the report said.

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