Ukraine's Permanent Representative in UN Volodymyr Yelchenko said Ukraine forces continue respecting the cease-fire and have a strict order to open fire only in response to attacks and assault actions of Russia-backed militants, Censor.NET reports citing the text of Yelchenko's speech.
"Ukraine continues to be fully committed to implementing the Minsk agreements in their entirety. The President of Ukraine has stressed on many occasions that there is no military solution in the Donbas; Ukrainian government is strongly focused on the peaceful and diplomatic means in this regard. Ukrainian forces continue respecting the ceasefire; they have a strict order to open a fire only in response to attacks and assault actions of Russia-backed militants.
"On the contrary, Russia as the party to the conflict in Donbas and its proxies blatantly violate Minsk agreements from the very beginning. They continued their attacks and occupied several Ukrainian towns and localities. As for now, Russian proxies occupied about 1700 sq.km leaving far beyond the contact line agreed in Minsk on September 19, 2014," Yelchenko said.
Yelchenko detailed into Avdiivka shelling and its aftermath, the damages to the infrastructure and the humanitarian crisis that the city residents are facing. Russian militants, he said, are preventing repair crews from accessing the facilities that need repair.
"Destroying critical infrastructure and thus creating humanitarian disaster is a terrorist tactics aimed primarily at civilians. This tactic obliterates the Russian propaganda myth about "peaceful miners" who fight against authorities with their shotguns. Locals would never do this to their neighbors, but those who came to Ukrainian soil as aggressors to destroy Ukrainian statehood do not hesitate to damage factories, houses, powerlines. This tactic is not new for the Russian forces.
"The mentioned Russia's actions may qualify as a war crime. Ukraine will add evidence related to the recent escalation and indiscriminate attacks on the civilian infrastructure to our claim against Russia on terrorism to International Court of Justice. This is the first but very important step in bringing Russia to justice for its mounting violations of the UN Charter and international law.," the ambassador said.
Yelchenko showed a photo of Russian-shelled Avdiivka apartment house: " Inhabitants rushed out into freezing cold. It was -20 C degrees outside. This is beyond evil."
Yelchenko also demonstrated a photo of Avdiivka-killed Captain Andrii Kyzylo and asked Russian Permanent Representative to look into his eyes.
"Ukraine pays a dramatically high price losing its best sons and daughters in this war.
"We do care about our people. Death of every single soldier or civilian is yet another scar on the soul of Ukraine. This is the picture of a 26-years old officer Andriy Kyzylo killed on 29 January near Avdiivvka. Look in his eyes, Mr. Ambassador. It is your weapons and your compatriots who killed him," Yelchenko said.
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The fighting in the vicinity of Avdiivka has been underway since late Saturday, Jan. 28.
After three days, Ukrainian soldiers managed to take enemy positions and improved their tactical set-up in the area. Unfortunately, casualties were reported among the military.
On Jan. 30, enemy strikes left the government-controlled town of Avdiivka without electricity, water and heat.
In the evening of Jan. 30, a state of emergency was declared in Avdiivka.
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As reported by the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) Staff press center, militants carry out not stop attacks on Ukrainian positions near the town.
A regional coordination center to aid local population has been set up.
According to the National Police, six civilians had been wounded and 26 houses damaged as of morning, Feb. 1. A female body of a civilian was found in Avdiivka downtown on Feb. 1.
The Donetsk regional civil-military administration said the sides had agreed to cease fire until 5 p.m. Wednesday.
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