ICRC employee killed by shelling from Ukrainian positions, says Russian foreign ministry

Shelling which killed an employee of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) came from Ukrainian army positions, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Shelling which killed an employee of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) came from Ukrainian army positions, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"We note the hasty reaction of the Kyiv authorities who rushed to shake off the entire responsibility for the death of an employee of this authoritative international humanitarian organization. Officials in Kyiv did not wish to admit the obvious: the area of Donetsk which came under fire was in a territory controlled by the militia, while the shelling proper was conducted from the positions occupied by Ukrainian forces," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a commentary.

The text of his commentary has been posted on the ministry's website.

The ministry resolutely condemned such actions. "We resolutely condemn this sort of actions which are a gross violation of the international humanitarian law. We insist on an objective and thorough inquiry into the killing of the ICRC officer and bringing those responsible to justice," Lukashevich said.

Moscow learnt the news of the ICRC officer with a feeling of deep sorrow and outrage, he said.

"We express our condolences to the Committee, the relatives and loved ones of Laurent du Pasquier. We consider it necessary to strictly comply with the provisions of the memorandum of compliance with the protocol resulting from the consultations of the Trilateral Contact Group regarding the joint steps aimed at implementing the peace plan of the Ukrainian president and the initiatives of the Russian president, which envisage cessation of the use of weapons," Lukashevich said.

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