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Special operation in Ukraine south-east violates international humanitarian law — Kelin

June 05, 2014, 15:06 UTC+3
Russia hopes that Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko's first move will be to stop the special operation
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Russia's Ambassador to the Organizatopn for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Andre Kelin

Russia's Ambassador to the Organizatopn for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Andre Kelin

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VIENNA, June 05. /ITAR-TASS/. The anti-terrorist operation of the Ukrainian law enforcers in the south-east of the country has traits of violation of the international humanitarian law, Russia's Ambassador to the Organizatopn for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Andre Kelin told journalists on Thursday.

"The military operation in Ukraine's south-east proves gross violations of intrenational humanitarian law, particularly of the Geneva Convention of 1949," Kelin said.

“At the Standing Committee session Russia raised a question about violations of the norms and principles of humanitarian law and attracted attention to the tragic consequences of the military operation, the barbarian attacks on the Luhansk regional administration and reports on using inhumane weapons - fragmentation bullets, cluster bombs and artillery fire at civilian facilities,” he said.

“If this corresponds to reality, this should be qualified as a war crime,” Kelin said.

The Ukrainian envoy failed to give any explanations, he said.

Russia hopes that Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko's first move will be to stop the special operation, Kelin noted.

"We saw President-elect Poroshenko prepare a certain plan for settling the conflict," the ambassador added.

 

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