Amnesty International blames the victim. – Weekly digest, 1-7 August

Amnesty International published a report in which it blamed Ukraine for “violating international humanitarian law” by “establishing bases and operating weapons systems in populated residential areas”. The report faced harsh criticism in Ukraine, both from the government, human rights defenders and journalists.

Russians are sending more troops to the South in an attempt to counteract a possible Ukrainian counter-offensive.

Heavy Russian shelling in Mykolaiv and in Donetsk oblast brings more death and destruction.

The first vessels with Ukrainian grain traveled from the Ukrainian ports.

This is the weekly digest of our “Explaining Ukraine” podcast.


  • Volodymyr Yermolenko, Ukrainian philosopher and journalist, chief editor at
  • Tetyana Ogarkova, Ukrainian scholar and journalist who is in charge of international outreach at the Ukraine Crisis Media Centre.

We continue our “Explaining Ukraine” podcast by discussing consequences of Russian invasion of Ukraine. 

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UCMC’s contribution to episode #131 is supported by the joint Ukraine Crisis Media Center and Estonian Centre for International Development project that is funded by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and American Embassy in Kyiv.