Churkin, Lavrov on Ukraine War Crimes

Vitaly Churkin, Russian Ambassador to the UN, offered a revised draft of a UN Security Council resolution on Ukraine, combining components of the two previously failed resolutions but taking into account the criticism that the drafts received from Western states, says RT. Churkin said:”We believe that we did our best in order to make it a balanced text, a text which can attract support from wide ranging members of the Security Council,”

Churkin also denounced the continued air and mortar attacks by the Kiev military in the east, including on hospitals, escaping civilians, residential houses, and a kindergarten. He said:”It is of particular concern that Ukrainian forces use unguided munitions and inhumane weapons. There is video footage that shows that incendiary phosphorus containing ordnance was used by the Ukrainian air force against the town of Semyonovka, in the Donetsk region, which may be qualified as a war crime,”
‘A Proposal for Ethnic Cleansing’

“Civilians in the area have been left without water supply for at least 10 days now, as water-supply facilities and energy infrastructure are deliberately targeted by Ukrainian forces,” Churkin said.He said: “In a number of cities of eastern Ukraine, Kiev’s authorities have deliberately stopped the payment of social allowances, thus targeting the most vulnerable population — old age retirees, pensioners with disabilities.”

Churkin said there are some 100,000 refugees in Russia now, in 195 temporary shelters.

He also denounced the UN Security Council for failing to condemn the mob attack on the Russian embassy, where “The Ukrainian law enforcers did nothing about this outrageous situation. The police simply left the scene while the Minister of Interior calmly watched from a safe distance. This is obviously a gross violation of the international obligations of Ukraine.”

Commenting on the shooting down of Kiev’s Il-76 transport plane by the anti-Kiev forces, Churkin said that “while the grief of the families is understandable, one must not forget that those men were sent to the epicenter of armed confrontation started by the Kiev authorities themselves,” and that no condolences were offered from Kiev for the 50 people killed by the army.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Lavrov denounced the fact that President Poroshenko’s promised truce has turned into “a temporary ceasefire that would allow the so-called separatists to leave Ukrainian territory.” Lavrov said: “This is not a negotiation, and this is not a national dialogue involving all parts of the country; this, fundamentally, [is] a proposal for ethnic cleansing.”

Right Sector Tortures Journalists, Ukraine Army Kills Them

Two Russian journalists from Zvezda TV were captured by Right Sector on Saturday and released on Monday after being tortured. The reporters were forced to write statements and speak on a video that they had been ordered by Russia to subvert Ukraine and to apologize. They were threatened with death, but released Monday after two days.

Back in Moscow, with extensive bruises from the beatings, they said: “They [Right Sector] dictated [to] us what to write. If I wrote something wrong, they beat us and using death threats made us re-write the letter.” The Nazis sent text messages to the wife of one reporter, saying that they would cut off his head and legs and send them home one piece at a time, according to RT. They demanded a ransom of $200,000 from their relatives.
‘We yet again condemn them’

The journalist didn’t turn off his phone, which recorded all the conversations between the journalists and their captors, RT said.On Tuesday, two journalists from Rossiya 24 TV were killed when two mortar shells hit their position at an anti-Kiev checkpoint. The shelling of the Rossiya journalists was caught on film.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused Kiev of inhumane handling and deliberate endangerment of journalists. “I express my deepest condolences to [journalist] Igor Kornelyuk’s relatives, colleagues and others who are trying to tell the truth about what is happening in Ukraine,” said a statement from the diplomat. “We must, yet again, express our condemnation of the actions of Ukrainian authorities towards journalists — constantly subjecting them to inhumane treatment, detaining them, creating obstacles for their work, and fabricating charges of espionage.”

Russian Gas Pipeline to Europe Blows Up in Ukraine

The largest Russian consumer gas pipeline in Ukraine was blown up yesterday. The Brotherhood natural gas pipeline is 4,451 km. long, passing through Ukraine and into Slovakia, where it diverges in two directions, with one part supplying gas to the Czech Republic, Germany, France and Switzerland, and the other to Austria, Italy, Hungary, and several countries in the Balkans. Whether the explosion affects gas supplies to Europe will be seen in the coming days, Gazprom reported.
‘It’s Russia’s Fault’

The cause of the explosion remains unclear, because it is impossible to approach the huge fire at the point of the explosion. RT reports that Ukraine’s Interior Ministry cited possible terrorism — based on locals having heard two loud booms before the fire. But, within just an hour of the blast Ukraine’s acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov blamed Russia! The Ministry statement said it was another attempt by Russia to discredit Ukraine as a gas partner, but he offered no evidence.The explosion occurred in the Poltava region, in the center of the country, where Ukraine’s oil and natural gas industry is concentrated, under the control of Ukrainian army, and has not been the scene of fighting.

Back in March, the leader of ultra-nationalist group Right Sector, Dmitry Yarosh, threatened to destroy Russian pipelines on Ukrainian territory to “deprive our enemy of its source of income.”

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