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MOSCOW, October 10. /TASS/. 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.
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.
“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.
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