No one issued Kiev mandate to use UN helicopters, situation requires comprehensive investigation – Russian Deputy FM

Situation with ukrainian servicemen using helicopters with un emblems requires comprehensive investigation, no one issued kyiv mandate to use such aircraft, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said. Russia insists that the situation on the use of helicopters with UN emblems by Ukrainian servicemen, in particular outside Kramatorsk, be investigated and is in close contact with the UN secretariat regarding this issue.

“We are currently sorting this situation out because the use in the purposes – and we do not even know in which purposes but if it was related to some forceful actions against the blocked Ukrainian cities, in particular, Kramatorsk, it is absolutely incompatible with the UN goals and these helicopters should be used solely with the permission of and in accordance with the UN mandate. No one has issued such a mandate on the use of UN aircraft regarding Ukraine,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told Interfax.

Ukraine had no right to use UN-labelled helicopters outside Kramatorsk – UN

The UN has made an exclusive comment for the RT TV channel on helicopters bearing UN markings in the sky above Kramatorsk. The UN press-secretary explained that using UN-labelled vehicles is allowed only when acting under the UN instructions. As there is no information about such instructions, this means that the Ukraine had no right to those actions.

Associate Spokesperson for the UN Secretary General Eri Kaneko told RT that the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Department of Field Support are already in contact with the Ukrainian authorities on this subject.

While commenting on Kiev’s use of helicopters with UN logos, Eri Kaneko pointed out that responsibility for erasing UN markings from vehicles usually rests with the UN member-state that lends the vehicles to a country needing them.

Countries sending military contingents for UN operations and lending equipment to peace-making missions are to erase all UN markings from the equipment on its return to the country of origin or after the UN stops using it. In addition, agreements signed between the UN and countries sending military contingents for peace-making operations provide that “the government has the right to use aircraft with UN markings only for UN-mission flights,” the UN press-service told RT.

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