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The day of January 24 became the next rainy day in the modern Ukrainian history. The unprecedented cruel and brutal terror attack was committed in Mariupol. During the day the pro-Russian rebels fired at the densely populated uptown. As a result, 30 civilians have been killed, hundreds have been seriously wounded. The number of murdered civilians includes babies and women. The rocket fire at residential districts of Mariupol by rebels has continued a series of bloody acts of terrorism, which include bombing of the regular bus near Volnovakha and cool-headed murder of civilians at a trolleybus stop in Donetsk, fire at residential districts of many towns and villages in Donbas.
The international coalition in support of Ukraine must provide the resolute rebuff to war crimes of rebels against humanity and strengthen all forms of pressure on those who generously sponsor and support them comprehensively.
Yesterday in houses and flats of all Ukrainian people from Kiev to Odessa, from Lvov to Donetsk, mourning candles were burning in memory of the civilian Ukrainian people who were lost as a result of terror attacks committed by the pro-Russian rebels. The memory of the innocent killed Ukrainians was also honored with national silence tribute.
According to the published spot report by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission the attacks of Mariupol was launched from massed Multi-Launch Rocket System (MLRS) so-called Grad and Uragan, which, as we know, are delivered to rebels from the Russian Federation. The OSCE Report is noted that the Grad rockets originated from a north-easterly direction, in the area of Oktyabr (19 km north-east of Olimpiiska Street), and the Uragan rockets from an easterly direction, in the area of Zaichenko (15 km east of Olimpiiska Street), both controlled by the “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”). In total more than one hundred rockets were launched to Mariupol from the side of Novoazovsk that is near border with the Russian Federation and was seized by the Russian troops last August.
What makes it especially brutal and cynic is that rebels of the terrorist organization “DPR” were well-aware that they fired at residential area of Mariupol with no Ukrainian troops in that. They knew that shells hit private buildings, cars, city market and the yards of high-rise buildings … Thus, the pro-Russian rebels used weapon against civilians of Mariupol. These criminal actions are qualified by international law as war crimes against humanity.
Intelligence service of Ukraine intercepted and published talk between rebels of “DPR” who planned to commit this bloody crime. In talk the 37-year-old rebel Sergey Ponomarenko known as “Terrorist” gave an order from Donetsk to use MLRS against civilian people of Mariupol. His accomplice “Ash” expressed readiness to execute the order to fire at the densely populated area of the city, and then reported on results. It’s also the proof of the cynical and conscious crimes against humanity planned and committed by the pro-Russian rebels in the territory of Donetsk.
The Ukrainian authorities and all international community have already expressed condemnation of the attacks on Mariupol and accused the pro-Russian rebels of “DPR”. The Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov imposed responsibility on the Russian President Vladimir Putin for death of civilians as a result of the attacks. “Blood of people who were lost there, as well as many other Ukrainians, is directly on the President of the Russian Federation Mr. Putin, whose orders are executed by rebels. Therefore, responsibility will be inevitable and response of the Ukrainian armed forces and the National Guard to Russian invaders and rebels, who act under their control, will be also rather severe”, Turchynov declared.
The reaction of the USA, EU, NATO and UN leaders was also very sharp. The US Vice President Joe Biden promised strengthening the international pressure on Russia in phone conversation with the Ukrainian President Mr. Poroshenko.
It should be noted that on January 15 the EU Parliament approved the resolution on a situation in Ukraine, which, literally, says: “In case of any further actions of the Russian Federation destabilizing the situation in Ukraine, the EU Parliament calls the European Council to take further restrictive measures. So, that must be the expansion of the sanctions’ application sphere on nuclear branch of industry and restriction of possibility of the Russian enterprises to perform the international financial operations”.
Well, God is my witness, after these terrible events in Mariupol the international coalition must urgently make the decision on introduction of new severe economic sanctions against Russia. First of all, it’s a shutoff of the International Payment System SWIFT in the Russian Federation. So, it’s also the time to strike at last on Gazprom. Moreover, it’s necessary to pass from sanctions to direct boycott of both Russian ideology and goods and services. The comprehensive boycott is capable to cover not only political and economic, but also humanitarian, cultural and sports areas. There will be the real conditions for full international isolation of Russia.
It would be true to create the international tribunal for Russian war crimes in Ukraine. The principal task of such tribunal must be the investigations of war crimes against humanity committed by Russian troops and the terrorist organizations “DPR” and “LPR” in the territory of the East Ukraine.
It’s necessary to deprive Russia of voice in both the UN and other international organizations, because it was alone that blocked the UN Security Council statement on censure of the attacks on Mariupol.
In the light of the latest tragic events related to massacre of civilian Ukrainians by the pro-Russian rebels, the international community needs to realize, at last, that the East Ukraine peace-making issues concern not only Ukraine, but also the whole Europe. In order to stop aggression of Putin who doesn’t recognize the international codes and values, the international coalition must rally even stronger round the people of Ukraine to give the adequate response to the aggressor.
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