Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Has the Ukrainian army used cluster bombs? Yes, says Human Rights Watch.

Civilians suffering from the fighting between soldiers and rebels: But actually controversial cluster bombs were used?Civilians suffering from the fighting between soldiers and rebels: But actually controversial cluster bombs were used?(Photo: REUTERS)
"Accusations are unfounded"Ukraine rejects cluster bombs accusation
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Has the Ukrainian army used cluster bombs? Yes, says Human Rights Watch. No, say both Ukrainian military and the Defense Department. But President Poroshenko will venture a closer look.

The Ukrainian military and the Ministry of Defence of the country, the accusations of the human rights organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) on the use of cluster bombs in populated areasback vehemently. "These accusations are unfounded," the ministry spokesman Bogdan Senik.Two senior members of the army denied on demand also that the military cluster bombs insets.

The Ukrainian government has pledged to let investigate the allegations. "We have taken note of the report," said the deputy chief of staff to President Petro Poroshenko, Valery Tschali. An authorization from the government did not in any event existed.

In a joint report by Human Rights Watch and the newspaper "New York Times" it is said that the army had used in the battles against the pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country repeatedly cluster bombs. The study lists twelve incidents in which six people were killed. In one of these incidents, therefore, on October 2, also an employee of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was killed.

In the HRW report is the government forces also accused of having attacked residential areas in Donetsk and the surrounding area. This was denied by the Ukrainian military spokesman Vladislav Seleznev, who made the insurgents responsible for such attacks. Western reporter observed in Donetsk and other combat zones repeated attacks on residential areas in which it was not usually possible to clearly identify the author. Fight against bankruptcy
The threat of bankruptcy Ukraine, meanwhile, has asked the European Commission to further financial assistance in the amount of two billion euros. This was confirmed by a European Commission spokesman in Brussels, during the Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuri Prodan consulted with his Russian counterpart Alexander Nowak and EU Energy Commissioner G√ľnther Oettinger on a settlement of the gas dispute.Ukraine needs money to pay Russia open gas bills.

"The EU Commission has published a request of the Ukrainian government to receive an additional loan of two billion euros", said the spokesman for EU Economy Commissioner Jyrki Katainen. "It is now rated in talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Ukrainian government." The European Commission wants to support Ukraine on. An already decreed EU aid package includes a series of measures that add up to about eleven billion euros.

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