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“Suffice to mention its key message that the Ukrainian government can legitimately use force for restoring law and order in the east of the country,” said ministry spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich. Thus, it factually justifies the Ukrainian army’s punitive operation,” he added.
Moscow’s official comment rejects a report from the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) based on findings by a UN human rights monitoring mission in Ukraine.
Rather, he said, commission efforts should be aimed not at justifying Kiev’s violence, but at working towards a ceasefire deal.
The document lacked the key demand “to immediately stop the punitive operation conducted by Kiev authorities against their own people,” he added. “Without this, talk of human rights in Ukraine is senseless,” Lukashevich added.
Moscow urged the UN agencies “to take efforts not to directly or indirectly justify the violence of the Ukrainian authorities, but to assist a ceasefire accord and begin Kiev’s dialogue with representatives of the country’s east for the restoration of peace in the region,” he said.