MOSCOW, August 21 (RIA Novosti) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Thursday called on both sides of the conflict in Ukraine to avoid selecting military targets in populated areas and carrying out indiscriminate attacks, the ICRC statement said.
"Equally, each party to the conflict must, to the extent feasible, avoid locating military objectives within or near densely populated areas. Indiscriminate attacks are prohibited, as is the use of weapons which by their nature are indiscriminate, i.e. which cannot distinguish between civilians and objects on the one hand and military objectives on the other,” the statement read.
Since mid-April, Kiev has been conducting a military operation in the southeastern regions of Ukraine against the independence supporters who refused to recognize the legitimacy of the new government that came to power in Ukraine after the February 22 coup.
Some Western countries have accused Russia of supplying military equipment to the independence supporters in southeastern Ukraine in order to help them resist the Kiev-backed forces.
Moscow has denied these allegations and repeatedly called for a peaceful dialogue with representatives of Ukraine’s southeastern regions.