31 May 2014, 09:53

Russia's investigators pledge to prosecute those guilty in civilians' deaths in Ukraine

Russia's investigators pledge to prosecute those guilty in civilians' deaths in Ukraine

Russia's Investigative Committee pledges to indict the guilty for the death of civilians and children in Ukraine. "Those guilty in causing the deaths of civilians and children must be prosecuted in accordance with all the provisions of international law," spokesman for the Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin said on Friday.

"And if not a single state in the world is capable of admitting the evident facts that Ukrainian authorities have been acting as criminals, Russia’s Investigative Committee will shoulder this responsibility by opening a criminal case."

"The Investigative Committee is to start collecting evidence on each person involved in the crimes against peace and security of humanity rather than just admitting facts of crimes against civilians," he said.

"If politicians in Kiev and the West prefer to live inside their propaganda reality, like the children’s story about the emperor’s new clothes, so these are their problems," he said. "Here, in Russia, we will look into the facts with sober eyes, including the obvious reality of the country’s dismemberment and Ukraine’s failure to protect the interests and freedoms of its citizens."

The Committee has opened a criminal case over instances of banned methods and tactics emplyed by unidentified servicemen, the National Guard and militants of the ultranationalist Right Sector movement in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics, Markin said.

"Russia’s Investigative Committee has instituted a criminal case against unidentified Ukrainian armed forces servicemen, the National Guard and the Right Sector on charges of shelling the cities of Slavyansk, Kramatorsk, Donetsk, Mariupol and other localities around Donetsk and Lugansk and envisaged by Article 356, Part 1 of the Russian Criminal Code, use of banned methods and tactics of war," he said.

Int'l community should throw its weight behind agreements on Ukraine - Lavrov

Russia's Foreign Ministry insists the world community should step up efforts aimed at complying with the agreements on Ukraine. "We do not impose any concrete forms. But we feel the need for the international community to make concerted efforts," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday.


Among the basic documents, Lavrov named the EU-backed agreement, signed on February 21 by Ukraine's Viktor Yanukovych and the opposition, the Geneva agreement of April 17 agreed upon with the participation of Russia, the US and the EU, and the OSCE memorandum.

The first agreement "was thrown away the day after it had been signed and the state coup had been carried out," he said.

The second document provided a foundation for the OSCE Swiss presidency's roadmap, supported by all participants, except the Ukrainian government. The Ukraine-OSCE memorandum on the OSCE staff security was not ratified, Lavrov said.

"We cannot achieve compliance either with the agreements of February 21 and April 17 or the roadmap and the document on the status of international observers in Ukraine," he said.

"More effective mediation efforts are indispensable to cease violence in Ukraine and immediately start a mutually respectful dialogue with regions," Lavrov said.

"The investigation into the tragedy in Ukraine is one of the priorities. The Council of Europe set up a group for investigating the events of February 18-20 on Maidan," Lavrov said.

The Russian top diplomat quoted Ukraine's Petr Poroshenko as saying he was ready to expand the powers of the group and invite EU, Russian and Israeli experts. "But nothing happens," he said.


On May 19, the Russian Foreign Ministry demanded the tragic events in Odessa should be discussed at the UN Security Council due to Ukraine’s position.


Russia demanded Kiev should conduct a transparent investigation into the tragedy in Odessa, the ministry’s spokesman, the ministry said.


"Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sent a message to the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, the OSCE Secretary-General, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN Secretary-General and the Council of Europe Secretary-General to call on them to conduct an impartial investigation into the May 2 tragic events in Odessa," it said.


Commenting on the tragedy, Lavrov said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon should show insistency in a transparent investigation of tragic events in the Ukrainian Black Sea port city of Odessa.


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