Commentary of Denis Pushilin on shelling of international humanitarian organization by AFU

The shelling of Staromikhaylovka, which is located near the line of contact, when the representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross came to provide assistance to civilian population there, is another cynical provocation of Ukrainian forces.

Ukraine continues to ignore all previously reached agreements hating on the people of Donbass, violate the rules of international humanitarian law and deprive people of the most basic things – the possibility to receive assistance.

As a comparison, the ICRC carried out a similar activity for six days in Maryinka in August, where the parties provided security guarantees and the DPR’s army, unlike its opponents, fully complied with the commitments made: not a single violation of the cease-fire regime was recorded. The representatives of the Red Cross managed to conduct all planned repairs.

I cherish the belief that this accident will be correctly viewed by the representatives of the ICRC, OSCE SMM and world community. After all, such behaviour of the AFU in the absence of an appropriate response and pressure on the Ukrainian side by competent entities has already become a norm.

Thus, it is worth recalling the recent shelling of the observers of the OSCE SMM and representatives of public utility company “Water of Donbass” by the Ukrainian forces on the outskirts of Golmovsky during patrolling and carrying out repair work of a damaged high-voltage power transmission line. The representatives of the OSCE SMM declare denial of access by the DPR, absolutely not taking into account that such actions are driven solely by ensuring their security. But cases involving the Ukrainian forces shelling their own observers or representatives of other international organizations that work in the territory of the Republic, are still not made public.

Denis Pushilin, the Chairman of the DPR People’s Council, the Permanent Plenipotentiary Representative of the DPR in the Contact Group’s negotiations in Minsk

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