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Moscow calls for unbiased probe into ICRC employee’s death in Donetsk — ForMin

October 03, 2014, 15:50 UTC+3
We vehemently condemn these actions that rudely violate international humanitarian law, Russia's Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich says
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The site where the staff member of the International Committee of the Red Cross was killed

The site where the staff member of the International Committee of the Red Cross was killed

© TASS/Aleksey Slavniy

MOSCOW, October 3. /TASS/. Moscow insists on an unbiased and thorough investigation into the death of an employee of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Donetsk so that those guilty will be brought to justice, the spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Lukashevich said on Friday.

“We can notice a fidgety reaction of the Kiev authorities that were in a hurry to shift from themselves responsibility for the death of a staff member of this authoritative international humanitarian organization,” the diplomat said.

“Kiev was unwilling to recognize the evident facts — militias have under their control the district in Donetsk that came under shelling when the fire was opened from the positions held by Ukrainian troops,” Lukashevich said.

“We vehemently condemn these actions that rudely violate international humanitarian law,” he said. “We believe it necessary to strictly comply with the provisions of the memorandum on the fulfilment of the protocol based on the results of the consultations of the trilateral Contact Group over the joint steps towards the implementation of the Ukrainian president’s peace plan and the Russian president’s initiatives that envision the ban on using all types of weapons,” Lukashevich said.

PACE president shocked over ICRC satff member death

President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Anne Brasseur said on Friday she was shocked over the death of a ICRC staff member in Donetsk in an artillery strike.

“I am deeply shocked and saddened by the news of the tragic death of one of the staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Donetsk,” Brasseur said.

“The ICRC is a long-standing and reliable partner of our Assembly, and we express our sincere condolences to the family and colleagues of the deceased,” she said.

“Two days ago during our current affairs debate we called on all sides to stop violence and called for a thorough, impartial and effective investigation into killings and other human rights violations in order to bring those responsible to justice. Today I reiterate this call: peace is necessary and imperative, it is the only way to achieve respect for human rights and ultimately reconciliation,” Brasseur said.

The ICRC has been working in Ukraine since the onset of the crisis this year, supporting hospitals, helping displaced and vulnerable people, and restoring contact between family members separated by the conflict.

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