3 June 2014, 20:22

OSCE mission in Ukraine confirms Lugansk administration building was hit by rockets

OSCE mission in Ukraine confirms Lugansk administration building was hit by rockets

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) confirmed on Tuesday that the deadly attack on the administration building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk was an airstrike. "On 2 June, shortly after 15:00, rockets hit the occupied regional administration building," OSCE Special Monitoring Mission said in a statement. "Based on the SMM's limited observation these strikes were the result of non-guided rockets shot from an aircraft," OSCE specified. The assault left eight people dead and 28 injured.

The OSCE added that the situation in Lugansk remains "volatile".

Kiev has confirmed that it launched dozens of missiles in Lugansk. “All in all, for fulfilling the combat support of Ukrainian border guards, army aviators fired more than 150 missiles, carried out three jet sorties and five helicopter sorties,” a statement by the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said.

Moscow calls for probe of air strike on east Ukraine's Lugansk

Russia is calling call for an investigation of an air strike on the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk and the tragic events in this city will be put on the Russian Foreign Ministry's 'White Book' of human rights violations in Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and Supremacy of Law, Konstantin Dolgov told ITAR-TASS on Tuesday.

"We have submitted a resolution in the UN Security Council that demands creating humanitarian corridors and stresses the need to facilitate the evacuation of civilians from the conflict zones," Dolgov said, noting that "we are systematizing all information, and it will be reflected in the 'White Book' as we are collecting information."

The diplomat assessed the Ukrainian air strike on Lugansk as "absolutely unacceptable".

"This is an encroachment on the right for life, international humanitarian law, the April 17 Geneva accords and a roadmap of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)," he said.

"We call for an investigation in all cases of attacks on civilians," he confirmed.

Kiev's air raid on Lugansk grossly violates Geneva deals, OSCE roadmap - Russia

Russia on Monday condemned the Kiev authorities’ air raid on the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk. "On June 2, the Kiev authorities committed another crime against their own people. As a result of a bombardment by the Ukrainian Armed Forces aviation of the Lugansk Region State Administration building, Ukrainian civilians were killed," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

"What happened shows the Kiev authorities’ blatant unwillingness to follow the path of seeking a nationwide accord in the country," the ministry said.

"Once again, Kiev has grossly violated the deals agreed in the Geneva statement of April 17 and developed in the roadmap by the OSCE Swiss presidency," it said.

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