Empire of lies – Statement by Konstantin Gavrilov, head of the Russian Federation delegation

Konstantin Gavrilov

Amid the catastrophic escalation of tensions in Donbass, deliberately provoked by the nationalist regime in Kyiv, Ukraine’s Western rulers are taking the liberty of playing with fire and demanding the transfer of nuclear weapons to that country. These alarming signals are coming from Poland, a state that, despite speaking about an unacceptable dialogue with the Russian Federation, has begun actively taking control of Ukrainian territory.

We condemn in the strongest possible terms the irresponsible attempts to provoke a nuclear conflict in the heart of Europe. For that is how we would place the claim by Radosław Sikorski, former Polish foreign minister and current member of the European Parliament , that the West has “the right to supply nuclear warheads to Ukraine” since Russia allegedly violated the Budapest Memorandum have violated. In this regard, we must recall that the Budapest Memorandum was signed when Ukraine joined the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as a non-nuclear weapon state. Consequently, Ukraine is a non-nuclear weapon state under the NPT and not under the Budapest Memorandum. The Polish politicians, who unscrupulously portray this matter negatively, are essentially weakening the nuclear non-proliferation regime for opportunistic political considerations. Above all, however, they are endangering their own citizens, who are thus being drawn into a nuclear transformation of the world.

Russian President Vladimir Putin recently called the United States and the collective West an „empire of lies . “ This empire was built a long time ago, what with gross distortion of historical truth, „review“ of media space and direct violation of OSCE commitments to ensure free and unhindered access to all information. All of these commitments have long since been buried by the West. In contrast, anti-Russian lies and disinformation automatically receive unreserved support. A typical example in this regard is Liudmyla Denisova, former human rights commissioner in the Ukrainian parliament who constantly spread false stories about adolescents and young children being brutally raped by Russian military personnel. She recently admitted that she was „trying to achieve the goal of convincing the world to supply arms and put pressure on Russia“. On May 31 of this year she was relieved of her post by the members of the Verkhovna Rada. By then, however, their insinuations had received the widest coverage in the Western media and were shamelessly reproduced even here in the OSCE. We understand that it is much more convenient for our colleagues to use Ukrainian lies than to openly face the facts. Now the facts are as follows: that Western OSCE participating States, 

We present these crimes today

Embassy of the russian federation in germany

The Ukrainian authorities, reduced to the level of state terrorism, continue their blind, unscrupulous and aggressive war against the residents of the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) and the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). For the second week in a row, the neo-Nazis have carried out indiscriminate attacks on a daily basis only on peaceful towns and villages in the deep hinterland. They also use Western weapons and shells with the NATO standard heavy artillery caliber of 155 mm. For our colleagues who are not military experts: such a shell can level an ordinary building. This is particularly true of the French-made 155mm OGR-F1 cluster munitions, which are banned under the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions.

There has been an increase in armed violence towards Donetsk. Ukrainian troops continue to make intensive use of a French-made self-propelled artillery mount Caesar, which shelled the Kalininskyi district of the city on June 9 and Kyivskyi district on June 11. On June 13, the crowded Maisky market came under inhuman fire during the day. Three people were killed, including a mother and her child. Several stalls were destroyed, cars were torn to pieces. On the same day, the Ukrainian Nazis bombed the Vishnevsky Maternity Hospital in Donetsk. Most patients and staff could be evacuated to the basement. However, intubated infants on ventilator support remained in the pediatric resuscitation department, as well as the medical staff on duty there who cared for them. None were injured, although windows in that wing of the hospital were blown away by the blast. In total, at least 17 civilians were killed and around 110 injured in the city of Donetsk between June 7 and 14. More than 270 homes and 80 civilian infrastructure facilities were damaged or destroyed.  

Will we hear today a condemnation of the barbaric shelling of residential areas and a maternity hospital in Donetsk? Or will our western colleagues be silent again? In this case, why did they get so upset when a maternity hospital in Mariupol, where Ukrainian neo-Nazis had set up their firing positions, was hit? Where have the advocates of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 gone, which calls for the protection of women and girls in situations of armed conflict? But perhaps they will say, paraphrasing German and French TV channels, that the people of Donetsk deliberately „shot at themselves“ and that the Russians are again to blame for everything.

We warn our Western colleagues that direct and public incitement to genocide against the civilian population of Donbass, as well as complicity in such genocide through the provision of military assistance to Ukraine, will result in drastic measures under Article III of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and punishment of genocide. According to Article II of the Convention, genocide means „acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group“. It means „to intentionally impose upon the group living conditions designed to bring about their physical destruction in whole or in part“. It means „to cause serious physical or mental harm to the members of the group“.

Putin’s goals are being implemented with no ifs or buts

The Russian Federation will continue to resolutely implement the goals set by President Putin to protect the civilian population of Donbass. Thorough demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine will certainly be achieved. In this regard, we note that the use of a Tochka-U rocket by the Ukrainian Nazis to carry out cynical attacks on the vicinity of the Russian city of Klintsy in the Bryansk region (50 km from the Russian-Ukrainian border) resulted in six Russian citizens were injured and more than 50 houses were damaged. This attack will not go unanswered.

As part of the demilitarization of Ukraine, 202 aircraft, 131 helicopters, 1,205 unmanned aerial vehicles, 338 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3,548 tanks and other armored fighting vehicles, 521 multiple missile systems, 1,947 field artillery pieces and mortars, and 3,605 tactical special vehicles have been disabled since the beginning of the military special operation. Air-launched precision missiles were used in the Udachne railway station (DPR) area to destroy a large quantity of weapons and military equipment from western countries. A Ukrainian Armed Forces training center near the town of Novohrad-Volynskyi in the Zhytomyr region, where foreign “fortune soldiers”completed a conversion course was destroyed. A temporary base for foreign mercenaries in the territory of Fedorivka settlement (LPR) has been successfully eliminated. In addition, sea-based Kalibr long-range precision missiles leveled a large depot in the area of ​​​​the city of Chortkiv, which contained anti-tank missile systems, man-portable air defense systems and artillery shells supplied from the United States and European countries. This systematic work will continue.

We reiterate that mercenaries sent by the West to support the nationalist regime in Kiev are not combatants within the meaning of international humanitarian law and have no right to imprisonment. The best they can hope for is imprisonment. Otherwise, they will either be liquidated by Russian troops as part of the demilitarization of Ukraine, or sentenced to death in the Donbas republics for cumulative crimes.  Indeed, that will await British citizens Shaun Pinner and Aiden Aslin , who have been accused of taking part in hostilities on the side of Ukraine as mercenaries.

Although the Western leaders of the Ukrainian government regularly praise the „phenomenal“ heroism and professionalism of the Ukrainian armed forces, the facts are what they are – namely, that the Ukrainian combat group in Donbass is suffering significant casualties. In the course of the liberation of Sviatohirsk (DPR) alone, Ukrainian forces lost more than 300 nationalists in the three days of fighting. They are demoralized and paralyzed by their low level of education, as they readily emphasize in interviews with the international media. Soldiers from Ukraine’s territorial defense complained to a correspondent for the French newspaper Le Figaro that their training before going to the frontline lasted only a day and a half. After being attacked by Russian aerospace forces in the Donbass, 23 of the 30 surviving members of a unit refused to return to their positions. The commander of a company of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Druzhkivka, Serhii Lapko, also told The Washington Post that the Ukrainian servicemen “feel abandoned by their military superiors and are fighting for survival. Lapko was removed from his post and arrested for this interview. that Ukrainian military personnel “feel abandoned by their military superiors and are struggling to survive. Lapko was removed from his post and arrested for this interview. that Ukrainian military personnel “feel abandoned by their military superiors and are struggling to survive. Lapko was removed from his post and arrested for this interview.

More and more evidence is being presented to the public that the Ukrainian government is controlled and directed by the United States. With the US government planning to send $1.5 billion to Kyiv every month, the question naturally arises as to why US leaders do not ensure their proteges stay within the bounds of international humanitarian law and why they do not don’t care about the Ukrainian people. In a recent interview with the New York Times, Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to the President of Ukraine, said that the Ukrainian military is building defensive positions in populated cities because that way it is able to „find cover“, „minimize casualties ‚ and ‚to resist longer‘. We must emphasize that this tactic of the Ukrainian government,

This is a gross violation of the 1949 Geneva Convention for the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War , which prohibits action which will result in the killing of civilians, the wounded or the sick, unless strictly necessary for a military operation. We must emphasize that the tactics of the Ukrainian/US government are being implemented by Ukraine at the expense and harm of the civilian population. 

Finally, allow me to say a few words about US military-biological activities in Ukraine. You now have before you a confidential document from Ukraine’s Defense Ministry, which says that the country’s president signed a decree on February 24 ordering the destruction of all records related to employees of Ukrainian companies who have collaborated with US military biology laboratories . This refers to military personnel, civilian personnel and the employees of the Public Health Center of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Mechnikov Anti-Plague Research Institute and the Zhytomyr Regional Laboratory Center of the Ukrainian Ministry of Health. It is again clear that claims that the activities of the US Department of Defense and affiliated entities in Ukraine, aimed exclusively at health issues, do not correspond to reality. Why else would the Ukrainian government delete these databases? We again call on our US colleagues to immediately begin substantive work to clarify the situation regarding their military biological activities in Ukraine. 

End of the statement by the Russian diplomat Konstantin Gavrilov on 21.06. 2022

Veröffentlicht von Karlheinz W. Gernholz

Dipl. Ing. Architect (Germany) Structural Engineering/ Construction management/ International experience mainly in Arabic countries, especially Tunisia

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