Russia is urging the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to speed up work on a report on bombardments of communities in Donbass during the conflict in Ukraine, Russia’s OSCE envoy Alexander Lukashevich said at a meeting of organization’s Permanent Council in Vienna. The full text of his statement has been placed on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website.
He said the security situation in southeastern Ukraine aroused Moscow’s serious concern.
“The Ukrainian armed forces continue shelling civilian facilities,” Lukashevich said. “In the evening of October 27 a massive bombardment of Makeyevka claimed the lives of two civilians and caused suffering and injuries to a dozen others. The chief doctor of the local hospital was killed and a child injured.”
As OSCE SMM monitors have found, the bombardment was carried out with the use of heavy artillery pieces from the Ukrainian army’s positions in Avdeyevka.
“There were no military facilities anywhere near,” Lukashevich said. “In a video conference by Contact Group members on October 29 Kiev once again staged ‘old song and dance’, claiming the militias were attacking themselves.”
“We do hope that the Contact Group’s working subgroup for the investigation of the Makeyevka incident will identify those responsible for that war crime and bring them to justice,” he said.
“The overall number of ceasefire violations is growing,” Lukashevich said. “The Ukrainian military personnel no longer even try to hide from SMM monitors the way they did just recently,” he stated.
According to the mission’s reports, the Ukrainian forces bombarded mostly territories held by the militias.
“Last weekend a camera in Shirokino registered 124 artillery salvos from the west,” Lukashevich said. “Observers saw Ukrainian military conduct fire from Lomakino (21 artillery salvos), Lebedinskoye (35 salvos) and Orlovskoye (23 salvos).
“In a situation like this we are urging the SMM to speed up work on the general report on bombardments of communities in Donbass and the destruction of civilian infrastructure caused during the whole period of the conflict,” Lukashevich said.