Kiev intentionally kills civilians of the Republic in order to achieve its political goals – Daria Morozova

The massive shelling of the Kievsky district of Donetsk on the evening of 14 April is a war crime of Ukraine against the civilian population of the Republic, DPR Commissioner for Human Rights Daria Morozova said.

"In violation of the basic norms and provisions of international humanitarian law, the AFU fired accurately on the residential sector. At the same time, heavy weapons were used, prohibited by the Minsk agreements and the armistice agreements.

As a result of hitting a 122 mm shell in the courtyard of a multi-floor house No. 15 on Novorossiyskaya Street, a civilian was killed – a man born in 1964, who was in his apartment at the time of the shelling.

It should be noted that the fire has been continued for several hours. At the same time, Ukraine ignored all the requests of the regime of silence. I believe that in this case, Kiev’s behaviour should be regarded as evidence of Ukraine’s deliberate actions to escalate the conflict in Donbass. The Ukrainian military is intentionally killing civilians in the DPR in order to achieve the political goals of the leadership of their country.

I emphasize that Kiev grossly violates the rules of the general protection provided to the civilian population in accordance with the IV Geneva Convention. I insist on an immediate objective assessment of Ukraine’s actions by international human rights organizations," Morozova said.

The Ombudsperson noted that it is important to use all possible levers of influence so that Kiev not only stops using prohibited methods of waging war in Donbass, but also bears responsibility for the war crimes that were committed.


Topic of exchange has not developed for more than year because of Kiev’s fault – Daria Morozova

At the meeting of the humanitarian group, representatives of Kiev announced Ukraine’s intention to unblock the process of delivery of humanitarian supplies to the DPR through the “Novotroitskoye-Elenovka” checkpoint, DPR Commissioner for Human Rights Daria Morozova said.

"It should be reminded that the Ukrainian side has been hindering the movement of humanitarian convoys through this checkpoint without any explanations. According to the assurances of opponents, on 15 April 2021, next Thursday, the ICRC will finally be able to deliver aid to the territory of the Republic through a direct channel.

At the same time, the Kiev negotiators couldn’t argue that way neither the initial decision to close, nor the current decision to open the passage. This means that Kiev is capable of repeating such a provocation at any moment. It is premature to talk about stabilization of the situation," the DPR Ombudsperson said.

Daria Morozova noted that, as for the procedural “cleansing” of the participants in the 2019-2020 exchanges, the Ukrainian representatives traditionally disrupted the discussion of this issue. Kiev reported a zero result of its work in this area. That is, contrary to the undertaken  obligations, the criminal prosecution of 50 persons previously transferred to the DPR within the framework of the exchange continues. As a result, because of the fault of Ukraine, negotiations regarding the discussion of new stages of the exchange of detainees remain blocked.

"Taking into account that the topic of exchange has not developed for more than a year, the OSCE humanitarian coordinator announced his intention again to bring up for discussion the issue of signing by the participants a joint Declaration on the Non-Use of Torture to Persons Detained in Connection with the Conflict. This proposal was already on the agenda in 2018, but then Kiev refused to sign the document. The issue will also be submitted for consideration at the level of the Contact Group," the DPR Commissioner for Human Rights summarized.


A man got killed as Donetsk came under fire

As previously reported, a man born 1962 was killed yesterday by AFU shelling at 15 Novorossiyska Street in the Kievsky district of Donetsk. This was reported by the DPR Representative Office to the JCCC.

The representatives of the public will not be present at the negotiations

As part of the April 14 discussion of the political part of the conflict settlement in Donbass, it was possible to return to the usual order of work. DPR Plenipotentiary and Foreign Affairs Minister Natalia Nikonorova commented on the outcomes of the meeting.

“Today, a decision was announced that, we hope, will unblock the discussion on the political track. In particular, in order to continue the negotiations on political issues blocked by Kiev, the OSCE representatives exerted the necessary pressure on the Ukrainian side to agree with one of our alternative proposals: to return to the format of the Contact Group meetings in terms of discussing political issues, which it had been several years before provocations of Kiev. It was decided that now the meetings of the Contact Group and the working group on political issues will be held only with the participation of official parties’ representatives. The representatives of the public, neither from Ukraine, nor from the Republics, will not be present. Nevertheless, we are also well aware that Kiev can at any time expect a breakdown of this agreement and further provocative actions to drag out the negotiation process,” the DPR Plenipotentiary said.

Natalia Nikonorova also drew attention to the fact that now, when the organizational contradictions of the previous months initiated by Kiev have been resolved, it is necessary to start work on the approved agenda.

“We believe that in today's situation, the most effective impetus for launching productive work on the political track will be Kiev's provision of a response to our draft Roadmap for the implementation of the Package of Measures. We sent this document seven months ago - a month before the Ukrainian proposals on this issue, but it still remains extremely relevant: if it is agreed upon within the Contact Group, and then at the level of the Verkhovna Rada and the President of Ukraine, this document will become a necessary act in the current conditions of Kiev's commitment to the Minsk agreements and a strong support for their implementation,” Natalia Nikonorova said.


Ukraine flatly refuses to work constructively on the political track

Kiev once again disrupted the discussion of issues on the political agenda, citing its unwillingness to engage in a dialogue with one of our public figures in connection with an alleged criminal case that is exclusively political in nature. However, on the Ukrainian side there is a person accused of espionage by the law enforcement agencies of the Donetsk People's Republic, DPR representative in the Political Group Natalia Mikhailova said.

"A criminal case was opened against Denis Viktorovich Kazanskiy under Article 321 "Espionage" of the Criminal Code of the DPR. Therefore, we cannot allow the continued presence of this citizen at the meeting of the profile group at a time when our representative of the public is constantly attacked by Kiev, and the meeting of the political group is completely sabotaged.

In view of this, we have announced three ways out of this situation:

— both sides will ignore all court proceedings, decisions and articles in order to work constructively and effectively at the negotiating table. At the same time, the meeting will be attended by representatives of the public from both sides;
— in the mirror order, the parties exclude two public representatives: Denis Kazanskiy and Maya Pirogova;
— both sides will continue to work in the format of exclusively official representatives of the parties, without involving the public and experts, in accordance with long-term practice.

Nevertheless, Kiev rejected all our proposals without a single clear argument. The excuses were absurd statements that internal conflicts can be resolved only with internationally recognized states, which does not correspond to either the world practice of conflict resolution or elementary common sense.

There are reasonable suspicions that Ukraine simply does not aim at a comprehensive political settlement of the conflict in accordance with the Minsk Agreements," Natalia Mikhailova said.

The Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Donetsk People's Republic registers infringements of the Donbass residents' rights by the Ukrainian party, including the right to life, security, personal inviolability and freedom of movement.

According to official sources, two civilians suffered injuries from 2 to 9 April.

During this period, one child and two servicemen of the Republic were tragically killed in the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic.

4,984 people, including 91 children, have died in the Donetsk People's Republic since the beginning of the armed conflict.

The Ombudsperson in the Donetsk People's Republic continues to receive officially confirmed information on the people who have been injured since the outset of the conflict.

DPR delegation visited Syria with a working visit

From 4 to 8 April, a delegation of the Donetsk People's Republic was in Syria on a working visit. It included Deputy Head of Administration of the DPR Head Gennady Lebed, DPR Minister of Finance Yana Chausova, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Peresada, Head of the Executive Committee of the Public Movement “Donetsk Republic” Aleksey Muratov, Advisor to the DPR Head Andrey Kramar, Director of the Department of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Sergey Vlasov and others.

On Sunday, April 4, a meeting was held with one of the leaders of the Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party, Dr. Mahdi Dahlallah, at which the parties expressed their desire for partnership, and also discussed the details of the upcoming cooperation agreement between the Ba’ath Party and Public Movement “Donetsk Republic”.

On Monday, April 5, our representatives held a meeting with students at the Baath Party training school, where they had the opportunity to communicate with students on internationally significant topics, as well as touch upon pressing issues about relations between the Donetsk People's Republic and the Syrian Arab Republic.

On Wednesday, April 7, Damascus hosted the "Investment and Partnership Conference" organized by the "Al Majd Company". At the conference, our delegates discussed with the Syrian partners the possibilities of developing investment business between the republics.
At the end of the trip, on April 7, for the delegation of the Donetsk People's Republic, meetings were held with the Patriarch of Antioch and All the East John X and with the Supreme Mufti of Syria Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun.

The result of the trip was the achievement of a number of promising agreements on the development of joint projects between the Donetsk People's Republic and the Syrian Arab Republic.


Extraordinary meeting of the Contact Group became another Kiev’s profanation — DPR MFA

On April 7, 2021, eight months later, the Ukrainian side was finally able to take the step that should have been taken from July 22 to July 27, 2020 and publish a statement fully in line with the agreements of the Contact Group dated July 22, 2020 on the official resource of its Ministry of Defense. We welcomed this fact.

In order to prevent violations of the agreed agreements, Republics prepared and sent for approval a draft joint statement of the Contact Group, which sets out clear practical steps to implement the current version of the Measures. In particular, it reflects the concretization of the modalities of the coordination mechanism for the suppression and verification of violations with the participation of the JCCC in the current composition.

However, and, unfortunately, the Ukrainian side was concerned only with the image of a "good face during a bad game", and not with real resolving the key issue: ensuring in practice a stable, complete and indefinite ceasefire regime, in effect from July 21, 2019 of the year, and Measures to strengthen it from July 22, 2020.

The head of the Ukrainian delegation continued to insist on the immediate adoption of an emasculated and empty "political" statement of readiness to implement additional Measures. Moreover, without specifying which parties are responsible for their implementation.

We tried to reach a compromise, proposing to declare that the coordination mechanism within the JCCC in its current composition will resume its full-fledged work from 00:01 on April 8. The attempt failed.

It is noteworthy that at the end of the meeting, a substantive direct conversation of representatives of the Republic took place with the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, Mr. Ermak, who came to the meeting.

However, instead of constructively discussing practical actions to prevent violations of the Measures signed earlier by the parties, the head of the presidential office further emasculated the Ukrainian proposal to the level of an absolutely empty statement-slogan about “no obstacles” to the implementation of additional measures.

To rectify the situation, the OSCE Coordinator suggested that the participants of the Contact Group, following the meeting, instruct the working group on security issues in the framework of the next meetings to work out a draft joint statement for its further approval. However, we recall that such an order was already given earlier, after the Ukrainian sparty thwarted an agreed joint inspection to verify AFU violations in the area of the settlement of Shumy September last year.


Ukraine is in every way trying to withdraw from the Minsk agreements, shifting the blame on the republics — Denis Pushilin

Head of the DPR Denis Pushilin spoke about the effectiveness of the Minsk agreements in their current form, responding to a question put by a correspondent of the DPR Official Website during the press conference.

“I have heard a lot of criticism of the Minsk agreements, spent a lot of time in the negotiation process and have been keeping my hand in it to this day, and I know what is going on there [in the negoriation process - ed.]. At a certain time, the Minsk agreements terminated full-scale hostilities. From this angle, this document proved to be an important component in the establishement of the Republic. During the time that Ukraine was not fulfilling the agreements signed, we had the opportunity to build our own statehood and launch the economy. These processes constitute daily and challenging work. We all understand that all of this took quit a time.

Ukraine signed this document to defer the matter, having to intention to implement it. Therefore, now the Ukrainian negotiators are faced with the task of doing nothing and blocking everything.

For our part, we are doing everything that can be done to resolve the conflict in Donbass peacefully and follow the Minsk agreements signed,” Denis Pushilin emphasized.

We will do our best to prevent the big war, but no one can say now where we will stop, should Ukraine take this step — Head of the DPR

During his press conference, Head of the DPR Denis Pushilin said that the Donetsk People's Republic will bend every effort to prevent full-scale hostilities.

“There is a desire to liberate the territories, to liberate the Russians, who are now living under the conditions that cannot be compared to those here. But war is terrible in all its manifestations. We know this better than anyone else. You and I have lost loved ones, relatives, friends, acquaintances. We have seen destroyed buildings, facilities, houses. Then they were restored. And then shells hit them again. We have an example of Debaltsevo – the town that was occupied and liberated, but its restoration is still ongoing.

I emphasize that we will do our best to prevent the big war, but no one can say now where we will stop, should Ukraine take this step. If we have a closer look at the training of our servicemen, they are being trained in various directions: both in terms of defense and in terms of offensive actions,” he said.

According to Denis Pushilin, different scenarios are being considered in the Donetsk People's Republic in the event if Ukraine undertakes an offensive.