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Join Maryland Peace Action on March 6./HRW Confirms Russia Dropped Cluster Bombs on Kharkiv


  This Sunday, March 6th, will be an international day of action for peace in Ukraine, a massive, unified response by peace-loving people around the world to say No to War in Ukraine; Yes to Negotiations and Peace. We must make it clear that the war in Ukraine is a disaster for the people of Ukraine and a terrible threat to us all, including increasing the danger of nuclear war. There must be an immediate and unconditional ceasefire. Maryland Peace Action supports the Global Day of Action. It is time to start stopping the wars.  The peace movement must be a global people’s movement, aligned with the policies favorable for all people.

  Join Maryland Peace Action on Sunday, March 6 from 1 to 2 PM at a Rally in Patterson Park across the street from St.. Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church, 2401 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, Md 21224.  Bring signs such as Stop the War in Ukraine, Russian Troops Out Now and Negotiate a Peace Agreement.  Please be respectful, and do not bring derogatory signs.  Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607. We must Stand for Peace and Against War.  We must demand an end to the Invasion of Ukraine.  We cannot tolerate the immense suffering.     

 St. Michael will hold its next Pyrohy/Pierogi & Ukrainian Food Sale on April 9, 2022 from 10 AM to noon.  Pre-orders are accepted through the deadline date of Sunday, April 3 at 5 PM prior to sale's day. Submit your order to  Kagiso, Max

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A view of damaged building following shelling in Ukraine's second-biggest city of Kharkiv on March 3, 2022.

A view of damaged building following shelling in Ukraine's second-biggest city of Kharkiv on March 3, 2022. (Photo: Sergey Bobok/AFP via Getty Images)

HRW Confirms Russia Dropped Cluster Bombs on Kharkiv

"Using cluster munitions in populated areas shows a brazen and callous disregard for people's lives," said the human rights group.


March 4, 2022

 Russian forces used cluster bombs during attacks on Ukraine's second-largest city of Kharkiv in what may amount to war crimes, Human Rights Watch said Friday.

"Using cluster munitions in populated areas shows a brazen and callous disregard for people's lives," said Steve Goose, arms director at Human Rights Watch, in a statement.

The new assessment of Monday strikes on Kharkiv, an eastern city home to over 1.4 million people, is based on photos and video evidence verified by the human rights group and was presented as Russia faces increasing global condemnation over its ongoing invasion, which has stoked fears of nuclear disaster and has already forced over one million people to flee Ukraine.

HRW already confirmed last week use of cluster munitions by Russian forces in a February 24 strike just outside a hospital in the Ukrainian city of Vuhledar. The new assessment focuses on munitions that hit the Moskovskyi, Shevchenkivskyi, and Industrialnyi districts of Kharkiv on February 28.

The rights group—which noted the "inherently indiscriminate nature of cluster munitions and their foreseeable effects on civilians"—based its new assessment on interviews with two witnesses and an analysis of 40 videos and photographs, which revealed information on explosion signatures and remnants of the rockets.

The munitions used in the Kharkiv strikes, said HRW, were delivered by Russian-made 9M55K Smerch cluster munition rockets.

Over 120 nations have signed on to an international treaty banning the use, transfer, and stockpiling of cluster munitions, which can pose deadly harm far beyond initial explosions, as unexploded submunitions becoming akin to landmines. The Cluster Munition Coalition describes the weapons as being able to "saturate an area up to the size of several football fields."

Neither Russia, Ukraine, nor the U.S., however, is state party to the treaty.

“We are seeing mounting evidence of indiscriminate attacks on Kharkiv and the price civilians are paying for these serious violations," said HRW's Goose.

"If these deadly acts were carried out either intentionally or recklessly," he added, "they would be war crimes."

The head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) also said Friday that Russian forces have used cluster bombs in its attacks on Ukraine.

"We have seen the use of cluster bombs and we have seen reports of use of other types of weapons which would be in violation of international law," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters.

Amnesty International has also previously confirmed Russian forces' use of cluster bombs on Ukraine, and open source investigative outlet Bellingcat has also been tracking Russia's use of the weapons during the invasion.

In a Wednesday statement, the U.K. presidency of the Convention on Cluster Munitions expressed "grave" concern about reports of Russia using the weapons in strikes on Ukraine, noting that cluster bombs "have had a devastating impact on civilians in many conflict areas."

The Cluster Munition Coalition, in a Wednesday tweet, said, "We welcome the growing number of states speaking out on—and urge all states to condemn—the unacceptable use of cluster munitions by Russian forces in Ukraine."

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