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PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS

04.05.2022

Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova’s comment on Ukraine’s case in the International Criminal Court

An announcement made on April 25 to the effect that the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor’s Office will join the Joint Investigation Group (JIG) comprised of Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine and created under the auspices of Eurojust has come to our attention.

Everyone is aware of how these kinds of entities operate. It is probably not accidental that the people behind this idea decided to recreate the name of the group that is “investigating” the MH-17 plane crash. It is safe to assume that the nature of the work of their brainchild will be similarly biased and one-sided. Keeping in mind that JIG members are the most rabid advocates of using international justice for unbridled and evidence-defying smear campaigns against our country, we cannot expect anything different.

The ICC Prosecutor’s Office’s move goes to show that it is not even trying to keep at least the appearance of impartiality or objectivity and has instead enthusiastically joined a process in which the perpetrators have been clearly designated in advance. If anyone doubts that the ICC is a body that is fulfilling political orders and has nothing to do with independent justice, this new “creative” format has made it perfectly clear.

We would like to ask the ICC Prosecutor’s Office and the countries that are now so concerned about justice in Ukraine why, for eight years, they ignored the suffering of the residents of Donbass who were victims of the crimes perpetrated by the Kiev regime?

Starting in April 2014, the Ukrainian forces never stopped their shelling of Donbass’ towns and villages using prohibited indiscriminate lethal weapons designed to most effectively destroy people and infrastructure. Many towns, primarily the ones near the contact line, were left without water, gas or electricity. Mobile communications systems were turned off, and food and medical supply routes were cut off as well.

Acting with particular cynicism, the Ukrainian war machine was targeting hospitals, morgues and schools that were used as bomb shelters. Cemeteries were also fired at, which is the reason for the spontaneous mass graves of civilians who fell victim to the military-political leadership of Ukraine and their Western curators. According to Russia’s Investigative Committee, 2,600 civilians who were not participating in the hostilities died, and over 5,000 civilians were injured.

Kiev imposed inhumane water, economic and transport blockades on Donbass, which put the region on the verge of a humanitarian disaster.

The Russian Investigative Committee initiated 776 cases on the facts of crimes committed by the Ukrainian forces against the civilians in Donbass and Russian service personnel during the special military operation. Work to locate evidence and identify the perpetrators continues.

According to the human rights NGOs in the DPR and LPR, they sent a massive amount of information – more than 3,000 pieces of material on crimes committed against the residents of Donbass – to the ICC. However, they have not received any clear response from The Hague justice.

Will the ICC Prosecutor’s Office ever take time out of its busy schedule to review these materials?

As a reminder, Russia does not participate in the Rome Statute of the ICC and is not obliged to cooperate with it. Nevertheless, we will continue to closely monitor this body’s activities.

 

https://mid.ru/ru/foreign_policy/news/1811506/?lang=en 




LATEST EVENTS

22.06.2022 - Press release on threats to global food security and Ukrainian grain supplies to international markets

As far as the blockage of Ukrainian grain shipments by sea is concerned, we emphasise that Russia has never hindered the export of grain from Ukrainian Black Sea ports. In reality, safe navigation in Ukrainian territorial waters and the use of ports are currently impossible due to the high level of danger posed by mines and threat of shelling created by Kiev.


14.06.2022 - Foreign Ministry Statement on personal sanctions on UK citizens in the media and the defence lobby

In response to the British government’s anti-Russia actions to impose personal sanctions on our country’s leading journalists and heads of defence companies,Russiahas included senior executives and correspondents from a number of major British media, as well as representatives of the command of the armed forces, the defence industry, and theUKdefence lobby on the Russian “stop list.”


14.06.2022 - Embassy comment on the recent events in Donbass, 14 June 2022

Over the weekend we witnessed a dramatic increase in Ukrainian forces shelling of the city of Donetsk. The Mayor of Donetsk, Mr Alexey Kulemzin, has reported that on 13 June indiscriminate artillery strikes of the city centre lasted over 6 hours, killing at least 5 and wounding 33 civilians. The intensity of fire, with over 700 rockets and shells falling over the peaceful city and other towns and villages of the Donetsk People’s Republic, amounts to a full-fledged and purposeful military operation. In the recent days, bombardments covered a number of purely civilian areas and targets, including Vishnevskiy maternity hospital and Mayskiy market. Deliberate targeting and shelling of civilian objects is a war crime.


01.06.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to questions following a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Riyadh, June 1, 2022

The main conclusion from the assessment of the geopolitical situation is that one group of countries must not be allowed to establish domination in the world. Unfortunately, our Western partners have made this an absolute priority. They are openly announcing the need for a unipolar world order that they call “a rules-based order.” But it is the West that is drafting these rules (and they do not hide this). In their opinion, others do not have this right.


29.05.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with French TV channel TF1, Moscow, May 29, 2022

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27.05.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the 38th meeting of the Foreign Ministry’s Council of the Heads of Constituent Entities of the Russian Federation, Moscow, May 27, 2022

Colleagues, We are holding a regular meeting of the Foreign Ministry’s Council of the Heads of Constituent Entities of the Russian Federation. The meeting is taking place against the background of the special military operation in Ukraine, which is being conducted in connection with the tasks set by President of Russia Vladimir Putin, tasks involving the protection of civilians, the elimination of the Ukraine-posed security threats to the Russian Federation, and the denazification of this kindred country whose people have suffered and continue to suffer at the hands of a regime which encourages extreme neo-Nazi sentiments and practices.


23.05.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to questions as part of the 100 Questions for the Leader project at the Yevgeny Primakov School, Moscow, May 23, 2022

I am glad to see you. My visits here are not frequent, but they are regular. And each time, I feel energised. Tomorrow, the eleven-formers will have to choose their path in life. It will not be long before the rest of you (the eight- to ten-formers) will also find yourselves at the same threshold. It is important to understand the substance of your life, the future substance of our society’s life within the framework of the professional trends that will be a factor in your employment and careers. In addition to my meetings with students at schools, I regularly meet with MGIMO students. They keep those engaging in practical politics on their toes. Policy-making should be approached in such a way as to enable our successors to see prospects and understand that the course mapped by their predecessors meets their interests.


20.05.2022 - Embassy comment on recent accusations against Russia of creating a threat of a global food crisis

Recent accusations against Russia of creating a threat of a global food crisis by not letting cargo ships with grain out of Odessa and other Ukrainian ports have nothing to do with reality. The situation in the Black Sea is at the centre of attention of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), headquartered here in London.


19.05.2022 - Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova’s comment on "Russian threat to food security"

Representatives of the collective West members are tripping over each other as they scramble to accuse Russia of undermining global food security. The G7 has issued a special statement in this regard. To be sure, we responded.


18.05.2022 - Foreign Ministry Statement on the withdrawal of the Russian Federation from the Council of the Baltic Sea States

The situation at the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) has been deteriorating. The NATO and EU members of the CBSS have turned their backs on equitable dialogue and the principles upon which this regional Baltic organisation was built, and have consistently turned it into an anti-Russia political tool. Unlawful and discriminatory decisions are approved in violation of the consensus rule. Russia has been “excluded” from participating in CBSS work and projects. Belarus’ observer status with the CBSS has been “suspended.”



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