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The statement of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, who expressed concern about the outburst of violence in Ukraine, shows that the current Kiev authorities continue violating widely recognized human rights, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. Moscow urges “the de-facto government in Kiev to immediately stop using force against its own people and take certain steps to start a reconciliation process in society,” the document said.
“The UN high official condemning the violence and outrages in Ukraine confirms that the illegitimate Kiev authorities continue to seriously violate human rights standards that are widely recognized amid the connivance of their western protectors,” the Foreign Ministry posted a statement.
“UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Pillay made a statement on May 6, in which she expressed deep concern about the outbreak of violence in Ukraine leading to the growth of casualties and destruction. The High Commissioner is especially concerned about the recent tragedy in Odessa, which claimed over 40 lives,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
“We consider the appeal to the authorities to hold a quick and comprehensive investigation of the events in Odessa and the Donetsk region to be quite important. It is characteristic that Pillay demanded that Kiev ensure the complete compliance of military and police operations with international standards, having noted that the police should protect peaceful demonstrators regardless of their political views. The High Commissioner emphasized that the main thing is that the authorities demonstrate by their own example complete compliance with the principle of supremacy of law and rigorous protection of rights of the entire population of the country, especially its Russian-speaking citizens,” the statement said.
“Pillay strongly condemned attacks and the pursuit of reporters in Ukraine and demanded that the freedom of speech be ensured in the country and urged journalists to be objective and not to incite enmity,” the document said.
Moscow shares Pillay’s stance on the necessity of a comprehensive nationwide dialogue in order to de-escalate tensions immediately and prevent future violence, the Foreign Ministry said, Interfax reports.
The UN human rights office on Tuesday condemned the surging violence in Ukraine, calling on all involved to try to defuse tensions. “We are deeply concerned by the surge in violence in Ukraine, which is resulting in more and more deaths and destruction,” said Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN high commissioner for human rights.
“We urge all sides to make a much greater effort to find a peaceful resolution to the current crisis, especially in the various towns in eastern and southern Ukraine that have been racked by increasingly violent confrontations,” he told reporters.
Colville said Kiev must ensure that all operations by its military and police are in line with international standards, AFP reports.
“It is extremely important that the authorities themselves demonstrate full respect for the rule of law and scrupulously protect the human rights of all, including the Russian-speaking population,” he said.
He also called for “prompt, transparent and comprehensive” probes of events in the flashpoint towns of Donetsk and Odessa, including the death of several dozen pro-federalization activists in a building fire on Friday during clashes with pro-Kiev militants.
Colville said genuine peaceful demonstrations must be permitted, both as a matter of international law and as a “release valve for people’s legitimate fears and frustrations”.
He also said pro-federalization activists must lay down their arms.
Colville said it was up to leaders at all levels to ease tensions, to prevent violence and to take “serious steps to halt the rhetoric of hatred and confrontation, before the situation spirals totally out of control”.
He also condemned attacks on, and harassment of, journalists, saying that freedom to report objectively was key to ending the “increasing misinformation, disinformation and hate speech” on both sides that was sowing “artificial, destructive and deeply dangerous divisions”.
For years Europe has closed its eyes to the rebirth of fascist ideology and the tragedy in the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa is the appearance of live fascism, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday. “For years Europe has closed its eyes on the fact that this [fascist] ideology is gaining new backers, its supporters are enlisting new followers, holding marches in honor of former SS individuals who were convicted criminals by the Nurnberg Tribunal. But this is happening now, this not just simply marches with banners praising Nazi criminals, it is already the appearance of blatant fascism,” Lavrov said at a flower laying ceremony for Victory Day in Moscow.
The regime in Ukraine has been accused by the Odessa Council officials of hushing up the real death toll of the arson fire at the local trade union hall that was caused by a raving pro-coup mob laced with the Right Sector militia hurling Molotov cocktails into the building.
A paramedic that was among the first responders later said that the attackers had stopped ambulance teams from reaching the survivors who managed to flee the deadly blaze.
The clashes in Odessa broke out last Friday between pro-federalization activists on one side and fans of the Odessa and Kharkiv football teams on the other, joined by Euromaidan activists.
Pro-Kiev radicals blockaded the anti-government protesters in the House of Trade Unions and set it on fire.
At least 46 people died, three went missing and 214 were injured in the Odessa clashes, according to Ukraine’s Interior Ministry.
On Monday, a member of the Odessa regional council told RIA Novosti that Ukraine’s interim authorities were hiding from the public the true death toll in Friday’s tragedy in in Odessa, which actually claimed 116 lives.
The Russian Foreign Ministry called the events a result of the A+criminal irresponsibility of the Kiev leadership indulging insolent nationalist radicals, including Right Sector, who are staging a campaign of physical terror against supporters of federalization and real constitutional changes in Ukrainian society.”
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Russia will not allow facts on the tragedy in the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa, where dozens were killed in clashes, to be “swept under the rug,” and Moscow will push for all of the truth to surface, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.
“We will push for the truth, we will push so that all of the evidence that was given by witnesses and tell the story of the magnitude of the tragedy that is being consciously hushed by the authorities, so that not one piece of truth remains uninvestigated and that it is all made public,” Lavrov said.