Amnesty International accuses Ukraine of endangering civilians | Ukraine president seeks direct talks with Chinese leader to help end war | New Polish rules to allow conversion of commercial property into homes | Man faces 5 years in prison after attack with baseball bat

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Amnesty International has published a report into the war in Ukraine and accused the Ukrainian military of violations of international humanitarian law by putting Ukrainian civilians at unnecessary risk.

The report, published yesterday, states that Ukraine has been setting up military bases in highly populated areas, exposing civilians to unacceptable risk. An advisor to the Ukrainian president has hit back by contesting Amnesty’s claims, alleging that Amnesty International is participating in Russia’s disinformation campaign. Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24th February, Amnesty International has published over 100 articles and reports on the conflict, the overwhelming majority devoted to Russia human rights abuses in Ukraine, as well as many articles on other human rights abuses in Russia.

Source – Polskie Radio


The president of Ukraine is seeking to hold direct talks with the Chinese president in a bid to garner influence to end the war in his country.

President Zelensky made the appeal in an interview with the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post newspaper. Zelensky said of China: „It’s a very powerful state. It’s a powerful economy … So [it] can politically, economically influence Russia.” He noted that „China is [also a] permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.” The Ukrainian leader is seeking „direct talks” with China’s Xi Jinping to help end the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Source – Polskie Radio


The Polish government is working on a bill to facilitate the conversion of commercial buildings into residential space for both Poles and refugees from Ukraine, officials have said.

The plan was unveiled by Development and Technology Minister on Wednesday. The minister said that „By making it easier to turn commercial buildings into residential space, we expect that several thousand flats will be created in a short time.” He added that „the rise of telework and e-commerce during the COVID-19 pandemic” meant that some offices and shops, especially large supermarkets, were no longer needed. „It’s better to redevelop such empty buildings than to demolish them,” he told reporters. Under the bill, the decision to convert a commercial building into housing units would be taken by the local government.

Source – Polskie Radio


A 27 year old man from Hel faces 5 years in prison after he attacked a neighbour with a baseball bat during an altercation about loud music.

The perpetrator hit the victim on the head several times. A 24-year-old man was hospitalized with skull fractures. The weapon was later found at the accused’s flat.

Source – Radio Gdańsk, Wikipedia


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