Lugansk, Nov 2 - DAN. Ukraine's refusal to search for missing persons jointly with the Donbass Republics proves its involvement in killings in Donbass, Donetsk People’s Republic Head Denis Pushilin said at the international roundtable discussion “Nonhealing Wound of Donbass” in Lugansk on Tuesday.
Kiev has been stubbornly ignoring the Republics’ initiative to design a joint mechanism (to search for the missing - eds Donetsk News Agency) for six years already,” Pushilin said. “Furthermore, Ukraine blocks proposals by international organizations. For example, the International Committee of the Read Cross has brought forward such an initiative.”
“In fact, Ukrainian authorities acknowledge their guilt in killings of Donbass civilians,” the DPR leader said.
Ukrainian criminals will not avoid the responsibility for the actions against civilians, he added.
“The bloodiest war in the history of mankind ended in Nazi criminals’ facing a war tribunal. Undoubtedly, the same Nuremberg awaits all the abettors of the neo-Nazi regime in Kiev. Their atrocities have no statute of limitations. Today, we’re doing everything for the retribution to reach everybody who dared to cross the line of humanness. Our duty to the memory of the killed fellow countrymen is to carry this matter through and bring the culprits to trial,” Pushilin said.
On Tuesday, Lugansk hosted an international “round table” discussion “Nonhealing Wound of Donbass” over the results of the search for missing persons in Donbass. It was attended by the heads of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Lugansk People’s Republic, Denis Pushilin and Leonid Pasechnik, chairwoman of the DPR inter-departmental commission on the search for missing persons Darya Morozova, LPR First Deputy Foreign Minister, head of the inter-departmental working group on the search for Ukrainian aggression victims burial sites Anna Soroka and other officials. A photographic exhibition arranged for the event showed the timeline of the search for mass graves in Donbass.
In the summer, the DPR and the LPR set up an inter-departmental commission and a working group to step up the search for missing persons. They include representatives of the Republics’ leadership, law-enforcement bodies and expert community These bodies were tasked with organizing the search for the missing persons, composing a register of the missing, gathering information on them, creating a database of the missing and deceased and their relatives and coordinating exhumation efforts, identification of bodies and handing them over to relatives.
In the DPR, the first remains were exhumed in Snezhnoye’s Ovsyanoe cemetery on August 19. The Commission then searched for burial sites in Debaltsevo. Experts are reportedly preparing to open a mass grave in Khartsyzsk. *jk