Russian Defense Ministry: Amnesty Report Biased, Ungrounded

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A frame grab taken from footage released by Russia’s Defense Ministry, Dec. 4, shows air strikes carried out by Russia’s air force hitting a training camp, which, according to the ministry, is controlled by the Islamic State in Aleppo, Syria. (Reuters/Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation/Handout via Reuters)

A report by human rights watchdog Amnesty International that said Russia’s bombing of Syria may amount to a war crime because of the number of civilians the strikes have killed is biased and contains ungrounded claims, Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.

The Defense Ministry has studied the report, which contains “trite clichés” and “fake information,” ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told a news briefing.

He also rejected accusations by human rights bodies that Russia was using cluster bombs in Syria.