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Ukraine plunges deeper and deeper into chaos — Russian foreign ministry

February 20, 0:34 UTC+3 MOSCOW

"In the past five years, the country has been engulfed by a wave of violence and crimes, committed for political and ideological motives," Moscow said

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Russian Foreign Ministry

Russian Foreign Ministry

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MOSCOW, February 19. /TASS/. In the five years since the 2014 state coup, Ukraine has been plunging deeper and deeper into political chaos, corruption and lawlessness, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a comment on Tuesday.

"Since the 2014 state coup, openly supported by the United States and a number of Western countries, Ukraine has been plunging deeper and deeper into political chaos, corruption, lawlessness and aggressive nationalism," the ministry said.

"In the past five years, the country has been engulfed by a wave of violence and crimes, committed for political and ideological motives," the statement continues. "In most cases, they did not receive a proper legal assessment. There has been no impartial investigation into the so-called Maidan snipers case. The May [2014] tragedy in Odessa also remains unsolved."

According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, despite its alleged commitment to democracy and human rights, the Kiev government "has declared an open season on everyone whose views deviate from the official ones."

"Many independent Ukrainian media and journalists are being persecuted and repressed, including RIA Novosti Ukraine editor-in-chief Kirill Vyshinsky," the Foreign Ministry document reads. "Attacks on human rights activists and public figures have also become a routine occurrence. According to Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, over 50 crimes against civic activists were registered in 2018."

Besides, the notorious doxing website, Myrotvorets, continues its work, the ministry added.

Policy of segregation

In the social sphere, Kiev continues to "deliberately encourage an ethnic and ideological rift in the society," while chauvinism and xenophobia "have become an official state policy."

"The discrimination of the Russian-speaking population and ethnic minorities in terms of their linguistic, educational and cultural rights and freedoms has become unprecedented," the ministry said, adding that the Kiev government has started to interfere into religious affairs as well.

"By establishing the so-called Orthodox Church of Ukraine, the authorities have deepened the rift in the local Orthodoxy and divided Ukrainians into ‘ours’ and ‘theirs.’ The green light was given to violent redistribution of church property and elimination of the canonic Ukrainian Orthodox Church," the statement reads.

To make matters worse, the country’s nationalist groups make provocative statements that may "entail most serious consequences, up to a violent religious conflict."

Disregard to casualties

The political chaos and social rift are taking place in the country "against the background of a simmering conflict in Donbass," the Russian Foreign Ministry statement says.

"Kiev is ready to re-ignite it at any moment in order to try and regain control of the region no matter how many lives it may claim," the document continues. "According to the UN, the death toll topped 12,000 since the conflict broke out in April 2014. Hundreds of people are listed as missing while hundreds of thousands were forced to flee their homes. The Ukrainian government continues its trade, economic, energy and transport blockade of the country’s southeast, which further aggravates the already complicated humanitarian situation."

No reaction

Western countries keep turning a blind eye to rampant lawlessness in the country, which "only inspires the ruling regime to take new anti-democratic steps and to violate the norms of morality and civilized behavior."

"On the government’s whim, millions of Ukrainians in our country were in an instant deprived of the right to cast their ballot in the Ukrainian presidential election at the country's diplomatic missions on the territory of the Russian Federation."

Once again, Moscow urges the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Council of Europe "to assess in principle all events in Ukraine, to demand that its authorities start complying with the applicable law and honor their international obligations."

"Kiev’s disregard of those norms may entail irreversible consequences for Ukraine and even for Europe in general," the Russian Foreign ministry warned.

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