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The war in Ukraine: Upholding humanitarian principles in practice

Updated: Jul 12

Drones Without Borders launched the Ukraine Response following the start of the full-scale war in 2022. Upholding all aspects of the core tenants of humanitarianism, we join other organisations in highlighting the concerning trend of violations of the law of armed conflict, international human rights law, and international humanitarian law by the Russian Federation and its proxy forces in Ukraine, as witnessed by our teams and partners.

We are committed to upholding humanitarian principles and promoting respect for international humanitarian law. By working closely with all relevant stakeholders, we advocate for the protection of civilians, respect for humanitarian principles, and the alleviation of human suffering.

Our work is based entirely on the humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, and independence. In practice, this means that all of our humanitarian aid or services are provided solely on the basis of need, without discrimination on any grounds. We also maintain our independence, and while accredited, are not party to the conflict.

These humanitarian principals, which we hold dear, should never be used to protect violations of human rights or international humanitarian law.


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