Target: Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko
Goal: End use of inaccurate missiles in Ukraine conflict
The war raging in Eastern Ukraine has caused the number of civilian deaths to steadily tick upward. While numbers are hard to verify, both sides of the conflict agree that hundreds of innocent civilians have been killed. One reason for this steady increase in civilian casualties is the use of unguided rockets in heavily populated areas. These Grad rockets violate international laws of war and should not be used by either the government or the rebels in Eastern Ukraine.
In particular, both sides have been using Grad rockets. These are rockets that are about ten feet in length and can be fired in groups of forty up to twelve miles. However, they are very untrustworthy and often miss their targets dramatically. Grad missiles are only accurate in an area of a thousand feet by five hundred feet. This means that when a Grad rocket is fired into a densely occupied area, the chance of hitting your target becomes low, while the chance of hitting a civilian building becomes very high.
While it can be challenging to figure out who exactly is responsible for each individual Grad attack that ended in the deaths of civilians, those responsible for their use must discontinue them. The continued use of Grad missiles should lead to war crimes charges. By allowing their use while the fighting intensifies in major cities held by rebels, more civilians will die. Sign this petition to call for a ban on the use of Grad rockets in Eastern Ukraine.
Dear President Petro Poroshenko,
Your government must take a stand and discontinue the use of Grad rockets by Ukrainian soldiers. Doing so will protect your soldiers from war crimes charges and will show your international supporters that your government is serious about protecting the lives of innocent civilians while this war rages on. I ask that you immediately call on the commanders of the Ukrainian army and tell them to utilize other tactics when engaging the enemy.
It has been found by international observers that both sides of the conflict have fired rockets that lead to the deaths of civilians. Protecting the lives of your people by ending the use of Grad rockets will show the citizens of Ukraine that your government is the side most interested in their well being. I ask that you show the rebels how to adhere to international law and immediately take action on this issue.
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