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White Book dossier to help investigate grave humanitarian crimes of Kiev authorities

July 07, 2014, 16:23 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russian Foreign Ministry's human rights ombudsman Konstantin Dolgov says latest updates added to the White Book from early April to mid-June would include "probably the most shocking humanitarian crimes”
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MOSCOW, July 07. /ITAR-TASS/. A Russian record of Ukrainian war crimes is being updated to draw "a red line" that cannot be crossed by the authorities in Kiev, the state's human rights ombudsman said on Monday.

Latest entries in the Foreign Ministry's "White Book" dossier would enable the international community to investigate "grave humanitarian crimes, war crimes and killings of civilians", Konstantin Dolgov told a convention of the Civic Chamber.

New content was charting violations which "Ukraine authorities are not able or not willing to deal seriously with", he said.

“A red line that definitely cannot be crossed by the authorities in Kiev is being formed step-by-step with Russia’s help,” he said. Latest updates from early April to mid-June would include "probably the most shocking humanitarian crimes”, Dolgov added.


What is in the White Book

The White Book's list of abuses is published on the Foreign Ministry website. Content is based on information from Russian, Ukrainian and Western media sources, statements by representatives of the authorities in Kiev and their supporters, eyewitness accounts and on-the-spot observations and interviews with non-commercial Russian organizations.

Its purpose, the authors say, is to provide a public account of events, helping to form non-politicized, unbiased assessments and calling to account those responsible for violations.

Key charges relate to killings of civilians in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions, and events in Mariupol, where Ukrainian forces fired from armored vehicles on those rallying to honor World War II Victory Day.

Accounts also record a massacre in the southern city of Odessa, where dozens died in a fire started by Right Sector radicals and supporters from the Maidan self-defense forces.

Illegal arrests are of Russian TV journalists Oleg Sidyakin and Marat Saichenko, detained by Ukraine’s National Guard near the city of Kramatorsk, are also inlcuded in the White Book, along with the killing of TV cameraman Anatoly Klyan in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region.

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