03:24 GMT +328 March 2017
    Donetsk after shelling

    Russian Investigative Committee Launches Criminal Case Into Shelling of Donbass

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    The Russian Investigative Committee launched the criminal case into the shelling of civilians in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbass that took place on March 3-10 and resulted in the destruction of more than 50 buildings, the committee’s spokeswoman, Svetlana Petrenko, said Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The shelling in March resulted in the destruction of 50 buildings in the cities of Donetsk, Horlivka and in the other populated areas.

    "Due to the shelling of the civilian population in Donbass, which occurred on March 3 to 10, another criminal case was launched," Petrenko said.

    Kiev launched a special military operation in Ukraine’s southeast in April 2014, after local residents refused to recognize the new Ukrainian authorities, which came to power as a result of what was recognized by many people as a coup.

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      Mishka Kyiv
      Russia investigates? i thought Donbas was nothing to do with russia? Russian invaders show their hand rather a lot. Did they ship all the pieces of Givi and Motorola back to Moskva?
    • choticastile
      Yes!-- And the multiple loss of life inflicted on and sustained by residents of the Donbass-- in complete contravention of the Geneva Conventions -- the statutes therein, supposedly protecting the inalienable human rights of civilians during any and all conflicts and wars all over the world.

      However, from what a common person can deduce from the Geneva Convention, is that not all nations are bound to it equally-- case in point is the United States, which reserves and holds itself above, what 196 other countries ratified and the USA failed to do. In other words, from what I understand, while the USA is quick to blame and hold other countries to account for human rights violations, war crimes and genocide-- wherever the USA is at war with another nation, it is not accountable for any of these human rights atrocities.

      Read: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reservation_(law)

      Excerpt from the above:-

      "Perhaps the most famous and controversial reservations are those taken by the United States when it signed the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in 1986. The reservations taken were:
      (1) That with reference to article IX of the Convention, before any dispute to which the United States is a party may be submitted to the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice under this article, the specific consent of the United States is required in each case.
      (2) That nothing in the Convention requires or authorizes legislation or other action by the United States of America prohibited by the Constitution of the United States as interpreted by the United States.
      The second reservation may be interpreted as a statement that the national Constitution overrides any treaty obligations — a position mandated by a 1957 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Reid v. Covert. Under reciprocity, the United States cannot submit a legal case to the ICJ unless the other State agrees and does not state that it violates its national constitution.
      Several nations expressed dismay and disapproval at the reservations, stating that it essentially made the treaty toothless. The responses included:
      The Government of Ireland is unable to accept the second reservation made by the United States of America on the occasion of its ratification of the [said] Convention on the grounds that as a generally accepted rule of international law a party to an international agreement may not, by invoking the terms of its internal law, purport to override the provisions of the Agreement.
      As concerns the first reservation, the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands recalls its declaration, made on 20 June 1966 on the occasion of the accession of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Convention […] stating that in its opinion the reservations in respect of article IX of the Convention, made at that time by a number of states, were incompatible with the object and purpose of the Convention, and that the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands did not consider states making such reservations parties to the Convention. Accordingly, the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands does not consider the United States of America a party to the Convention. […]
      As the Convention may come into force between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the United States of America as a result of the latter withdrawing its reservation in respect of article IX, the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands deems it useful to express the following position on the second reservation of the United States of America:
      The Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands objects to this reservation on the ground that it creates uncertainty as to the extent of the obligations the Government of the United States of America is prepared to assume with regard to the Convention. Moreover, any failure by the United States of America to act upon the obligations contained in the Convention on the ground that such action would be prohibited by the constitution of the United States would be contrary to the generally accepted rule of international law, as laid down in article 27 of the Vienna Convention on the law of treaties (Vienna, 23 May 1969)
      The Government of the United Kingdom have consistently stated that they are unable to accept reservations to article IX. Accordingly, in conformity with the attitude adopted by them in previous cases, the Government of the United Kingdom do not accept the first reservation entered by the United States of America.
      The Government of the United Kingdom object to the second reservation entered by the United States of America. It creates uncertainty as to the extent of the obligations which the Government of the United States of America is prepared to assume with regard to the Convention."

      How many ordinary people throughout the world, are even aware of the fact that the USA can in actual fact war with virtual impunity? Never held to account by the ICC and or punished for their many war crimes (Abu Ghraib is but one such case) of mindless torture and cruelty. How can it even be considered that our world operates by "Order of International Laws, Conventions and Treaties" -- When the most highly learned amongst us, have written, but failed to legally institute these laws to ensure that all countries are EQUALLY subjected to and bound by these global laws. For with all governments not equally bound to fully abide by and honour these International Laws, Conventions and Treaties-- these laws are moot-- worthless and not guaranteeing the R2P all humans equally and without reservation, they are meaningless and an insult to humankind.

      While the USA, as the world's most militarised country, holds itself above International Laws, yet still, reserves as its right, without reservation-- to hold all other nations bound to and accountable to International Laws for any deeds and actions in times of war, in contravention of these laws. This in face of the fact, that mostly US instigated conflicts and wars continue without ceasing-- wars which are often waged simultaneously against many other nations. No wonder the future has become so bleak and uncertain-- a chimera, mirage ... A world on the point of slipping into complete and utter chaos through the totalitarian and beyond loathsome, deeds and actions of the world's most powerful nation-- which can only be described as that of a power gone rogue.
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      Mishka Kyiv
      What has the USA to do with Ukraine? Nothing. Can I send a map to show you where Ukraine is? Interesting that European parliament is to discuss human rights abuses by russian on the people of Crimea. To that we could add the abductions, torture and rapes in Donbas. Not to mention the hostage taking and large numbers of hostages still being held by the russian mercenary scum.
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      OSCE is supposedly reporting violations of the Minsk agreements but they wouldn't know their ass in the dark if they used both hands! The entire world is aware of the war crimes being committed by Kiev against innocent civilians! They all need to hang!
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