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2nd March 2022, 12:35:41 UTC

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People in Ukraine are facing a catastrophic human rights crisis one year after the Russian invasion of their country. People are dying, including children, and many thousands of lives continue to be at risk. Take action to demand that the Russian authorities stop this act of aggression and protect civilians now.

At 5am on 24 February 2022, people across Ukraine woke to the news that their country was being invaded by the Russian military. In the middle of the night, Russian tanks rolled into the country and the military attacked from multiple directions. Since then, the sheer scale of the human rights crisis in Ukraine has grown with every passing day.

Within hours of the invasion, Amnesty International staff verified reports and video footage of indiscriminate attacks on civilians across the country. We have documented strikes on hospitals and schools, the use of indiscriminate weapons such as ballistic missiles and the use of banned weapons like cluster bombs. Civilians are dying, and war crimes are being committed by Russian troops.

As Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine, Amnesty International is exposing violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, and gathering evidence from our researchers on the ground and our Crisis Evidence Lab. From the devastation of Izium to the siege of Mariupol, from shelling in Kyiv to displaced people in Lviv, we’re helping to keep the world informed about what is happening in Ukraine and documenting war crimes committed by Russian troops.

By using force against another state without any legal justification, Russia has flagrantly violated the United Nations Charter. It is abusing its position as a permanent member of the UN Security Council to shield itself from accountability. The Russian Federation must stop this act of aggression against Ukraine and protect civilians. It must respect international law.

The people of Ukraine are facing a catastrophic human rights crisis, but we have power in numbers to call for this to stop. We must unite to help protect the people of Ukraine.

Send an email to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation and demand that, one year on, Russia ends the aggression immediately, protects civilians and respects international law.