Russia calls for encouraging Kiev to end violence in Donbass – foreign ministry – world
MOSCOW, October 29. / TASS /. Russia calls on the Normandy contact group and the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) to urge Kiev to end the violence amid the recent hostilities in the village of Staromaryevka, located south of the dividing line between territory controlled by Ukraine and the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday.
“We are closely monitoring recent developments. We call on our Normandy Format partners and the OSCE to encourage Kiev to end violence against local residents. For our part, we will do our utmost to protect the rights and interests of Russian citizens, including in Donbass, ”the statement said.
The Foreign Ministry noted that the situation in the village remained difficult since the Ukrainian military carried out so-called filtration measures. “They are introducing a kind of curfew, residents are prohibited from leaving their homes due to passport regulations. The most severe measures were taken at the start of the week. Citizens who had Russian or RPD passports suffered violence while their documents were seized. It even resulted in an armed escalation, which was discussed at the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine meeting on October 27. Fortunately, no casualties were reported during the bombing, only a few buildings were damaged, ”said the Foreign Ministry.
In the meantime, the ministry noted that the situation had calmed down. ” Representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross arrived to supply the inhabitants with food and basic necessities. The OSCE Special Observation Mission is located near the village and is carrying out remote monitoring of the situation, including using drones, ”the foreign ministry said.
On Tuesday, the DPR plenipotentiary in the contact group on Ukraine, Natalia Nikonorova, reported that the Ukrainian army had attempted to seize the village of Staromaryevka. Then the situation on the contact line got even worse. From early in the morning until late in the evening of October 26, Kiev forces attacked the village from all directions, using artillery, mortars, infantry fighting vehicles and grenade launchers.