Voices from Russia

Thursday, 9 July 2015

OFFICIAL Joint Statement of DNR Chairman of the Government Zakharchenko and LNR Chairman of the Government Plotnitsky on Setting Up an International War Crimes Tribunal for Novorossiya

00 Zakharchenko and Plotnitsky. 04.04.15

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OFFICIAL

JOINT STATEMENT

Since last year, the Kiev régime has engaged in aggressive operations against the DNR and LNR, leading to massive casualties, involving thousands of innocent people, including women, children, and the elderly. According to official UN data, the civil war that Kiev unleashed in the Donbass resulted in more than 6,500 people dead and about 16,500 injured. More than a million people in the Donbass had to leave their homes and flee the area. All these actions of the Kiev régime are direct violations of the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and violations of the laws and customs of war; they constitute the execution of a policy of genocide against the DNR’s and LNR’s civilian population. They’re crimes against humanity.

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With the outbreak of hostilities in the Donbass, we organised efforts to collect and compile evidence of crimes against humanity by the Ukrainian Army and National Guard, which are inherently death squads. We’ve collected much facts to date. To carry out this important task, the DNR and LNR jointly established and now operate an interagency investigation group, to investigate war crimes of the Ukrainian aggressors in the Donbass. This group has members from the Genprokuratura, the People’s Militia*, MGB*, MVD, and MChS of our two republics. They’ve collected extensive evidence of the guilt of Ukrainian security officials who ordered massive artillery bombardments on urban areas in the DNR and LNR, the use of non-conventional munitions against civilians, torture, abductions, and brutalisation of innocent people. The most resonant crimes of the Kiev régime in the Donbass are now widely known the world community:

  • Massive civilian casualties due to Ukrainian artillery shells hitting a trolleybus stop in Donetsk
  • Pre-planned air strikes by Ukrainian attack aircraft on the GMA* building in Lugansk and the adjacent Heroes of the Great Patriotic War Square, which killed 8 and seriously injured 28 innocent people
  • The use of white phosphorus munitions against residential neighbourhoods in Slavyansk, Kramatorsk, Lisichansk, and Gorlovka, amongst other places in the Donbass
  • Significant evidence linking Ukrainian “soldiers” and “National Guard” to massacres of civilians, shown by dozens of mass graves found in territory temporarily occupied by the Ukrainian aggressors in the DNR and LNR

Considering that new information of these and other crimes by the Kiev régime surfaces daily, work in this area continues uninterrupted. Only a year after the outbreak of hostilities in the Donbass, Kiev attempted to issue dissimulation that they were punishing individuals in so-called “volunteer battalions”, criminally responsible for looting, torture, rape, and other crimes against civilians in the Donbass. However, their attempts to arrest and detain the armed criminals proved fruitless. It’s rather pointless to expect an objective investigation of the facts and for fair sentences upon these butchers. Therefore, it’s our shared viewpoint that the world community should enable responsible international bodies to investigate all violations of international humanitarian law and crimes against humanity in the Donbass.

  • People’s Militia: It’s unclear whether this means the armed forces or the police, as “militia” was the Soviet-era term for the police
  • MGB: Ministry of State Security
  • GMA: State Municipal Administration, administrative apparat of a city

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For a categorical criminal prosecution of the Ukrainian aggressors for their war crimes in the Donbass, the DNR and LNR appeal to the UN Security Council to establish an International Tribunal to prosecute those responsible for violations of international humanitarian law and crimes against humanity in the Ukraine. We ask the UN Secretary General, the permanent members of the UN Security Council… the USA, France, Britain, China, and the Russian Federation… without delay to discuss creating an International Tribunal at their next meeting and prepare an appropriate resolution. For our part, we undertake to transfer our knowledge, evidence, and other information about war crimes committed by Ukrainian security forces in the Donbass to help an objective investigation, to bring the perpetrators to justice.

00 a v zakharchenko. 02. 11.05.15DNR Chairman of the Government A V Zakharchenko

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00 I V Plotnitsky. LNR. Lugansk PR. 20.05.15
LNR Chairman of the Government I V Plotnitsky

8 July 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency

http://dan-news.info/official/sovmestnoe-zayavlenie-glav-dnr-i-lnr-aleksandra-zaxarchenko-i-igorya-plotnickogo.html

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Wednesday, 8 July 2015

DNR and LNR Jointly Want the UN Security Council to Set Up Tribunal to Investigate Junta War Crimes in Novorossiya

00 plotnitsky and zakaharchenko. lnr and dnr. donetsk pr and lugansk pr 01. 080715

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At a joint briefing with DNR Chairman of the Government A V Zakharchenko, LNR Chairman of the Government I V Plotnitsky stated that the DNR and the LNR want the UN Security Council to establish an international tribunal to investigate war crimes committed by the junta aggressors in Novorossiya, saying, “The DNR and LNR ask the UN Security Council to establish an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for violations of international humanitarian law and crimes against humanity in the Ukraine, to open criminal prosecution against the Ukrainian aggressors for their war crimes in the Donbass”. Zakharchenko noted, “It’s senseless to expect that Kiev would hold an objective investigation of their own war crimes. For instance, the so-called Tornado Battalion killed more than a dozen civilians [in a single incident]. In our opinion, an international body should investigate and expose the facts”. Plotnitsky added, “We call on the UN Secretary General, the permanent members of the Security Council… the USA, France, Britain, China, and Russia… to immediately discuss the formation of such a tribunal at their next meeting and prepare an appropriate resolution. We’ll give an official international tribunal all of our knowledge, evidence, and other information about war crimes committed by Ukrainian security forces in the Donbass to help an objective investigation, to bring the perpetrators to justice”.

8 July 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency

http://dan-news.info/politics/dnr-i-lnr-prizvali-sovbez-oon-sozdat-tribunal-dlya-rassledovaniya-voennyx-prestuplenij-na-donbasse.html

Sunday, 28 September 2014

OSCE Reports Existence of Mass Graves of the Repressed in Novorossiya

00 donetsk. civilian victims. 28.09.14

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A V Kelin, Russian permanent representative at the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), stated that members of an OSCE observation mission visited the mass graves of civilians near Donetsk in area previously occupied by junta troops. These observers recorded what they saw and will present this information in a report today. However, UN spokesman Rupert Colville hastened to defend the aggressors, stating, “It’s too early for us to discuss what really happened and to find out who’s responsible for it”. Today, B A Litvinov, the Chairman of the DNR Supreme Soviet, said that the mass grave of civilians found earlier in Nizhnyaya Krynka near Donetsk isn’t unique. He said that searchers had found another mass grave in Telmanovsk Raion with more than 30 civilian victims. The VSN found several mass graves near Donetsk where the junta aggressors buried their innocent victims. As of today, four bodies from one grave, and five from another are already exhumed.

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An OSCE report of 23 September stated that DNR officials found three mass graves near Donetsk. It said, “DNR military and police reported that they discovered three unmarked graves, in which there are many bodies. Two graves are near the Kommunar coalmine near Nizhnyaya Krynka (35 kilometres northeast of Donetsk) and one is in the village itself”.

24 September 2014

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The OSCE forwarded information to the EU on its discovery of mass graves near Donetsk, calling for an investigation of “all human rights violations” in Novorossiya. RT quoted an official as saying, “We’re aware of the discovery of mass graves in the Donets Basin, in particular, due to reports from the OSCE observation mission. We reiterate our call for the restoration of law and order in the region, which would lead to the prevention of further human rights violations, as well as an investigation of all the human rights violations that have taken place so far. Progress in implementing the peace plan signed in Minsk on 5 September would be an important step towards the restoration of order in the region”.

26 September 2014

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Foreign Minister S V Lavrov announced at a press conference during the UN General Assembly meeting in New York that Moscow would seek a public inquiry into the mass graves found near Donetsk, as the relatives of the victims need to know the truth. He said, “Yes, of course, we discussed this with the UN Secretary General and the OSCE chairman. The staff of the OSCE Special Mission visited the graves, and they have a mandate from the leadership of the OSCE to open an investigation and to issue a report. Initial findings confirmed that the victims were civilians shot at point-blank range. We’re concerned about it. Let’s not blame anyone yet, let’s seek a public inquiry, for such things aren’t just tragedies, the perpetrators did this deliberately. It’s a fact that we called for investigations of the snipers in Odessa and Mariupol and of the Boeing crash, we called for a check into these. For us, this affair is very serious; it isn’t just an empty blame-game, ‘Look, see how bad the security forces acted’. We should investigate it and let justice prevail. Without this consolation, the relatives of the victims, who must know the truth, won’t have closure”.

27 September 2014

Novorusinform

http://www.novorosinform.org/news/id/9877

http://www.novorosinform.org/news/id/9893

http://www.novorosinform.org/news/id/9987

http://www.novorosinform.org/news/id/10138

Monday, 9 December 2013

Secretary Ban Appeals for Safety of Missing Orthodox Christian Nuns in Syria

00 Syrian nun in Ma'aloula. 08.09.13

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Today, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed for the safety of 12 nuns who went missing from a convent in the Syrian town of Ma’loula and all those who might be detained against their will in the strife-torn nation. Mr Ban’s spokesman said in a statement that the Secretary-General remains “deeply troubled” by the targeting of places of worship and religious representatives in Syria’s conflict. He said, “These concerns are most recently underscored by the situation of the 12 nuns who went missing from Mar Tekla Orthodox Convent in Ma’loula. The Secretary-General joins in the appeals for their safety and well-being, and that of all persons detained against their will in Syria. The UN rejects any targeting of persons based on their religion, community, or ethnic affiliation. Civilians throughout Syria are at risk and must be protected”. Media reports say that opposition fighters took the nuns by force a week ago from their convent, whilst a Syrian opposition activist said the rebels took them away for their own safety. The violence in Syria continues unabated since fighting first broke out in March 2011 between government forces and opposition forces seeking the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad. Already, the conflict has claimed over 100,000 lives and driven over 6 million people from their homes.

9 December 2013

UN News Centre

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=46699&Cr=syria&Cr1=

Editor’s Note:

Reflect on this… both the neocons and humanitarian interventionists support the scummers who kidnap nuns, burn churches, and kill Christians. What does that tell us about those in our ranks who support such political sludge (on the grounds that they’re “Pro-Life“)? It’s skewed priorities of the worst sort… our brethren in the Orthosphere bleed, their houses burn, and they must flee for their very lives… and some amongst us (especially konvertsy) support those who arm the persecutors, due to badly-thought-out “family values”. It’s enough to make me hurl… what about the Syrian families brutalised by those armed by “Pro-Life” politicians? I guess that they don’t count… “They’re only backward wogs“… they don’t have enough money to count (nor do they live in the “right” suburb). Our silence on this as “Church” is disgusting. It’s time that we raised our voices and condemned the US government for all of its rogue actions since 1991 (especially, in how it’s attacked our kin in the Orthosphere)… and get rid of those in our ranks who support such. Remember the Easter bombing of Belgrade… “democratic” and “peace-loving” America brought you that one. I rest my case…

BMD

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