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Duma to urge UN, OSCE, CE to investigate crimes against people in Ukraine

October 10, 2014, 8:06 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The draft was submitted by the leaders of all Duma factions and Speaker Sergei Naryshkin
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MOSCOW, October 10. /TASS/. The State Duma (lower house of Russian parliament) on Friday will discuss a draft appeal to the parliaments of the world and international organisations which urges them to investigate the crimes against civilians in the south-east of Ukraine.

The draft was submitted by the leaders of all Duma factions and Speaker Sergei Naryshkin.

The document points to mass “burial sites containing the bodies of dozens of tortured and executed people who have fallen victim to the so-called counter-terrorism operation carried out by the Kiev authorities”.

“The use of prohibited means and methods of warfare and inhuman treatment of captives have become commonplace,” the draft says.

The lawmakers said that “Kiev’s orders and the actions of the perpetrators of the bloody crimes and those who are sponsoring them must be given a clear legal assessment”.

“The State Duma urges the United Nations, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Council of Europe and the world community to conduct an impartial, independent and comprehensive international investigation of the crimes which resulted in numerous casualties among civilians in the South-East of Ukraine,” the draft appeal says.

The lawmakers will also call on their foreign colleagues to step up the dialogue in the interests of peace and security in Europe and convene an international conference on modern threats and the role of parliamentary diplomacy in dealing with them.

They voiced concern about statements that the West “is already supplying weapons to Kiev and sending military advisers to Ukraine” and described them as “extremely dangerous and unacceptable”.

“This can undermine the peace process and provoke a new spiral of violence,” the Duma warned.

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