THE UNITED NATIONS, May 14 ./ITAR-TASS/. United Nations examines recent media reports that helicopters with UN identification marks have been involved in the Ukrainian military operation near Kramatorsk.
If it is confirmed, it would mean that Kiev authorities violated agreements concluded with international organization, the press service of the Department for Peacekeeping Operations of the United Nations stated.
“UN agencies are in contact with the Ukrainian authorities on this issue, ” the spokesperson added.
The Department for Peacekeeping Operations stressed that the states provide aircrafts and other equipment to peacekeeping missions “should get rid of all UN logos and markings as soon as it (equipment) returns home and no longer used for official purposes of the world organization.”
“Moreover, each letter of the order, to sign with the troop-contributing countries, clearly states that their governments can use the UN symbols only for operations that were requested by the United Nations,” the Department for Peacekeeping Operations noted.
Earlier media reported that at least three helicopters colored white with UN identification marks were used in military operation near Kramatorsk.
There were three combat Mi-24 and one Mi-8 helicopters. Ukrainian helicopters were involved in several UN peacekeeping missions particularly in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Six Ukrainian servicemen killed in armed clash in eastern Ukraine — Defense Ministry
The armed clash started when a convoy of Ukrainian law enforcers’ armored vehicles was going along a road near Oktyabrskoye, and militiamen tried to stop its movement, he said, adding that at least three Ukrainian armed forces helicopters have landed there, he told ITAR-TASS.
Ukrainian National Guard surrounds village in Donetsk Region — militia spokesman
Oktyabrskoye is reportedly completely surrounded by National Guard forces. Separate detachments are involved in a mopping-up operation in the city. Local residents say they received threats of violence should they tell someone about the law enforcers’ actions.
Ukraine saw a coup in February. New people were propelled to power amid riots as President Yanukovych had to leave the country citing security concerns the same month.
After Crimea’s accession to Russia on March 18 following a referendum two days before, protests against the new Ukrainian leaders erupted in Ukraine’s Russian-speaking southeastern territories, with demonstrators seizing some government buildings and demanding federalization.
Kiev has been conducting a punitive operation against pro-federalization activists.
The eastern Ukrainian Donetsk and Luhansk regions held referendums on May 11, in which most voters supported independence from Ukraine.
Ukraine to close border checkpoints under threat of takeover
Transport and people could be barred from passing through these checkpoints and that would lead to certain inconveniences, primarily for residents of the border areas.
Ukraine’s State Border Service is set to close border-crossing checkpoints at the border with Russia if attempts to seize or block them are undertaken, spokesperson for the border agency Sergei Astakhov told a briefing on Friday.
The Ukrainian parliament has registered a bill banning entry to Ukraine for certain Russian citizens.