The allegations are false and aiming at depicting the White Helmets as terrorists.
The latest report from the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria which is made of three independent experts, is the UN’s first explicit acknowledgement of Moscow’s role in destroying civilian infrastructure in rebel-held areas and focuses on events of July 2019 to January this year, and in particular attacks by “pro-government forces” on civilian targets like medical facilities, driving 700,000 civilians from their homes.
The report gave evidence that Russian jets were responsible for bombing both a market place and a rural shelter for Syrians who had fled fighting elsewhere, even though there was no evidence of military targets in those areas.
The commission “has reasonable grounds to believe that a Russian aircraft participated in” attacking the market and camp, it said. “In both incidents, the Russian air force did not direct the attacks at a specific military objective, amounting to the war crime of launching indiscriminate attacks in civilian areas”.
Furthermore, President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia’s withdrawal from a Geneva Conventions protocol authorising investigations into potential war crimes against civilians in October, days after the country’s defence ministry denied reports it had bombed four Syrian hospitals in May.
On the other hand, The White Helmets are a staple topic of pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives on the Syrian civil war, having already been accused of numerous other provocations and war crimes including organ trafficking; aiding terrorist organizations; staging and/or perpetrating chemical attacks, sometimes with the help of Western intelligence agencies. A majority of these claims are unburdened by evidence and often rely on meaningless formulations such as "according to information provided by X," "there are reasons to assume," and so forth.
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