Russia’s UN envoy: Protesters in Kiev were shot at from Maidan’s commandant’s office
March 14, 1:25 UTC+4
According to the latest information available the shots were fired from the office of so-called “Maidan commandant”, the man who now leads the UN Security Council, he said
UNITED NATIONS, March 14, /ITAR-TASS/. Protesters and law enforcers during Kiev’s recent unrest were shot at from the office of so-called “Maidan’s commandant”, Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin told the UN Security Council.
According to the latest information available the shots were fired from the office of so-called “Maidan commandant”, the man who now leads the UN Security Council, Churkin said.
Russia does not want a war in Crimea or a further escalation of tensions over the peninsula, Churkin has told.
Also Russia’s UN envoy told that Russia’s Black Sea Fleet does not interfere in any way in preparations for or holding the referendum in Crimea.
Vitaly Churkin, has told the Security Council all those who disagree with the current authorities in Kiev, including parliament members, are exposed to threats of violence.
He said that as a result of that the country’s legally elected president, Viktor Yanukovich, was deposed and had to leave Kiev under a threat to his health and live.
“That forcible overthrow of the authorities was illegitimate,” Churkin said. “Such actions have been repeatedly condemned in documents adopted by the UN Security Council. Instead of a government of national unity envisaged in the February 21 agreement Kiev saw the emergence of what Mr. Yatsenyuk has described as a ‘government of winners’.”
Churkin recalled that in that government a number of posts, including that of the defence minister, are now taken by representatives of the radical nationalist party Freedom.
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