Use of force by Ukrainian troops in southeast should be of deep concern to OSCE – Russian Foreign Ministry

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Instances of possible indiscriminate and disproportionate use of force by the current Kiev authorities against protestors in southeast Ukraine should raise concerns among the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) member states, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

“It is well known that a group of over 11,000 Ukrainian troops is operating in this area, armed with about 160 military tanks, over 230 armored fighting vehicles, at least 150 artillery systems and a large number of aircraft. This group significantly outnumbers local self-defense squads, and the presence of tanks, artillery (including multiple rocket launchers) and combat aviation suggests the possibility of indiscriminate and disproportionate use of forces, including the destruction of entire cities,” according to a statement by the Russian delegation at the Vienna talks on military security and arms control. The text of the statement was posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website on Monday.

“It is these facts that must raise deep concern among the OSCE member states, including in the context of compliance with the Geneva agreements,” the ministry said.

“Russia is ready to discuss the military aspects of the situation around the Ukrainian crisis in the framework of the Forum for Security Co-operation and its working bodies, as well as in bilateral meetings, without association with the mechanism under Chapter III of the Vienna Document 2011,” the ministry said, Interfax reports

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