The international community must press for a thorough probe into crimes against civilians in south-eastern Ukraine, Russian politicians believe. On Friday the State Duma (lower house of parliament) unanimously adopted a corresponding appeal to the parliaments of the world and international parliamentary organizations.
“Such crimes as the Odessa fire, the use of prohibited means of warfare, the shellings of residential areas with multiple rocket launchers and scores of civilians in south-eastern Ukraine shot or tortured to death cannot but remain unpunished,” State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin said.
“The political leadership of Western countries refuses to see an impartial picture of events underway in Ukraine and leaves Russia’s calls for investigating crimes against civilians without due attention,” the deputy chairman of the Federation Council’s international affairs committee, Andrei Klimov, told TASS.
“Russia can and must let the world community know the truth. On Saturday, I will be representing the Federation Council at a meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva, to be attended by 740 delegates from nearly 200 UN member-states, including 104 delegates who are heads or deputy heads of their countries’ parliaments. I am going to inform them in detail about the victims of crimes committed by the Kiev regime in the south-east of Ukraine. I will do so on the basis of the White Book compiled by the Russian Foreign Ministry,” Klimov said.
In the meantime, although the latest report by the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees contains mentions of violation of human rights and recognizes individual incidents, many pieces of evidence and testimonies confirming the extermination of civilians and bombardments of hospitals, child-care centres, and life support infrastructures have received no coverage,” the director of the Moscow Bureau of Human Rights, Aleksandr Brod, has told the TASS political analysis centre after visiting the Donbass area with a mission of observers.
“We have managed to find out that the National Guard and Ukrainian paramilitary battalions were purposefully tracking down opponents of the Poroshenko regime and killing them. But the authors of the report keep quiet about the graves of civilians who were tortured before death,” the human rights activist said.
“In the south-east of Ukraine the army is pushing ahead with an inhuman operation reminiscent of the Bosnia-Herzegovina massacre of the mid-1990s. Whereas after the Balkan crisis the world community created an international criminal tribunal for former Yugoslavia, now the West has thrown its weight behind the authorities in Kiev and connives with it in various ways in conducting what is officially called ‘anti-terrorist’ operation in the south-east of Ukraine,’ a member of the presidential council for human rights, Maksim Shevchenko, told TASS after a trip to Donbass.
“Russia is tolling the bell for the victims of crimes in Ukraine’s east, but under pressures from the United States and the European Union some international organizations succumb to the influence of time-serving political considerations and avoid making any response to the inhuman activities of Ukrainian military,” Russia’s human rights ombudsman, Ella Pamfilova, has told TASS.
“The feeling of justice urges Russia to go against the stream, to defend its stance regarding the observance of human rights in Ukraine. Russia will continue to systematically inform the world community of reprisals against civilians and demanding unavoidable punishment for those responsible,” Pamfilova said.
MOSCOW, October 10. /TASS/.