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Kiev’s actions in eastern Ukraine immoral and inhuman — Foreign Ministry

July 23, 2014, 18:18 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich says an information taboo has been put on what happened and what is happening in the east of Ukraine
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MOSCOW, July 23. /ITAR-TASS/. Kiev’s actions in the east of Ukraine are “immoral and inhuman”, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Wednesday.

“Like the rest of the world, Russia is feeling unrelenting anguish about the death of innocent people who were travelling by the Boeing-777 plane. They fell victim to the war that is going on in Ukraine,” he said. But “Kiev does not want to listen to the voice of reason and cease fire as representatives of the militiamen have proposed many times. Heavy weapons are used to shell settlements in direct proximity to the crash site”.

Kiev officials “believe it necessary to put forth every day and every hour absurd and unfounded accusations against Russia instead of facilitating the full and impartial international investigation into the cause of the accident, giving the broadest possible publicity to its findings,” Lukashevich said.

“Instead, as reports indicate, Ukrainian security agencies, without notifying international organisations, are performing some secret manipulations with both Ukrainian air traffic control services’ data records, military and civilian, and their personnel. This is clearly contrary to the notion of unbiased and impartial investigation. And this is not the first we see this happening,” he said.

“Where is the promised investigation into the shooting at people at the Maidan? Who are those who shot at both their own people and police from the building that was controlled by the Maidan commandant? Their faces are known. Many respected European and American news channels and agencies never broadcast this objective information,” Lukashevich said.

“Where is the investigation of the horrible tragedy in Odessa where dozens of people were burnt alive purposefully and cold-bloodedly, with the assistance of persons who hold public positions, and those who jumped out of the windows of the blazing building were clubbed to death? By the way, many people in Europe and the United States could not have a chance to see that,” the diplomat said.

He said there was “an information taboo” on events in eastern Ukraine. “Unfortunately, an information taboo has been put on what happened and what is happening in the east of Ukraine. Kiev responded to the initial peaceful protest of people who were demanding respect for their rights by firing weapons of mass destruction at villages and densely-populated districts of Donetsk and Luhansk,” the diplomat said.

“Projectiles are exploding in the residential quarters of Donetsk and Lugansk. Hundreds of people have been killed. If some think it normal, let them stop saying tumid words about respect for human rights. What Kiev is doing now is immoral and inhuman,” Lukashevich said.

He urged “all sides to stop fire immediately” in order to save the lives of children, women and elderly people. This is necessary in order to create conditions for the full investigation of the tragedy that befell the passengers of the plane over Ukraine”.

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