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EU ignores Red Cross staff member’s death in Ukrainian shelling attack — Russian FM

October 07, 2014, 16:00 UTC+3
Russia's Foreign Ministry has issued a statement saying the EU is playing down the topic of the Red Cross employee killed in Ukrainian army's shelling of Donetsk
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A damaged sign on a Red Cross office seen behind police tape after shelling in Donetsk

A damaged sign on a Red Cross office seen behind police tape after shelling in Donetsk

© AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic

MOSCOW, October 7. /TASS/. Russia's Foreign Ministry said that the European Union has turned a blind eye on the fact that the Red Cross staff member died in Donetsk as a result of artillery fire by Ukrainian military.

“Russia has expressed indignation over this tragedy and sincere condolences to the relatives and dear ones of the killed Red Cross employee,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said. “However, although several days have passed, we have heard no sensible explanations from the Kiev authorities about the circumstances surrounding the death of a representative of such an influential international humanitarian organization." The statement says the topic is being played down, and no real steps are taken to punish those responsible.

“Moreover, a number of international structures, including the European Union, in their commentaries ignore the hard fact the Red Cross office was in the militias-controlled territory and came under fire from Ukrainian military. This undermines the authority of organizations positioning themselves as objective and impartial,” the statement runs. “We insist on thorough and independent investigation of the incident.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has issued a fresh call addressed to Kiev to terminate any shellings of Donetsk, let alone civilian facilities in that region.

Red Cross employee dies in a shelling attack on eatern Ukraine's Donetsk

Laurent DuPasquier, 38-year-old Swiss national, working as an administrator in the Donetsk city Red Cross office, was killed on October 2 by a shell explosion. Mr. DuPasquier worked for the ICRC for more than five years, carrying out assignments in Pakistan, Yemen, Haiti, Egypt and Papua New Guinea. He started his posting in Ukraine six weeks before he was killed.

The ICRC has about 20 staff in Donetsk, including five expatriates of various nationalities.

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