Statement by the Information Policy Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on Russia’s support of terrorist activities in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, June 2, 2014
In connection with the growing number of incidents of penetration of Ukrainian territory by armed militants from the Russian Federation, and also with the intensification of their terrorist activities in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts threatening the lives and safety of Ukrainian citizens, the MFA of Ukraine once again categorically protests against the policies of the Kremlin aimed at providing military, logistical, economic, and financial support to the terrorist organizations DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic) and LPR (Lohansk People’s Republic). Of particular concern are statements by several official representatives of the Russian Federation, especially Ramzan Kadyrov, which confirm their intention to continue the practice of strengthening the ranks of terrorists with corresponding Russian special forces.
The militants of these organizations commit acts of murder, torture, and other acts of inhuman brutality on Ukraine’s civil population. They seize and destroy infrastructure; they loot and rob. By assisting them, the Russian side is violating the obligations it agreed to in accordance with a whole set of internationally approved legal instruments designed to prevent and combat international terrorism, in particular the provisions of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism of 9 December 1999 and the Council of Europe provision on the Prevention of Terrorism of 16 May 2005. (Russia’s) policy also violates the principle proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its declaration of 24 October 1970 (2625 (XXV) and 9 December 1994 (49/60) and confirmed by the Security Council of the United Nations in its resolution 1189 (1998) of 13 August 1998, under which each UN member state is obligated to refrain from organizing, abetting, assisting, or participating in terrorist acts in another state, or from supporting the organization of activities on its territory directed toward the commission of such acts.
Furthermore, the dispatching to Ukrainian territory from the Russian Federation of well-trained and armed Russian mercenaries cannot be characterized as anything other than the export of terrorism to the territory of Ukraine. Along with the blatant exercise of maneuvers by the Russian Federation near the Ukrainian-Russian border, the repeated violation of Ukraine’s airspace by Russian planes, the mining of Ukrainian territory with anti-personnel and anti-tank mines along the line of occupation by Russian forces in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, these actions constitute a deliberate and flagrant violation of the principles on the prohibition of the use of force or threat of force, the non-interference in internal affairs, and the respect for territorial sovereignty established by the UN Charter.
We demand that the Russian Federation immediately stop organizing terrorist activities and encouraging and providing assistance to terrorist organizations operating in the eastern regions of Ukraine, including the practice of sending armed Russian sabotage groups to Ukraine. The appropriate cooperation of the Russian side within the framework of existing contractual and legal instruments and security mechanisms would help save the lives of significant numbers of Russian citizens who are illegally present on Ukrainian territory and participating in terrorism, as well as members of Ukrainian law enforcement.
Note: As previously reported, on June 1, 2014, the head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov in an interview on the program Tyzhden on Russian TV channel REN TV announced he was ready to obey orders to send 74,000 residents of Chechnya to fight in Ukraine.
Translation: Anna Mostovych
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