Donetsk, Feb 27 - DAN. DPR ombudswoman Darya Morozova asked international organisations to give legal assessment of ambulance shelling by Ukrainian forces outside Dokuchayevsk last week in which three people were killed.
“I received information that an ambulance had come under Ukrainian forces mortar fire near Dokuchayevsk on 22 February as it was evacuating a wounded person,” Morozova said in a statement received by Donetsk News Agency. “I’ve already sent official requests to international organisations such as UN Human Rights, OSCE and the International Committee of the Red Cross to give legal assessment to deliberate shelling of the ambulance which left three people dead.”
The incident is a gross violation of international humanitarian law breaching Article 19 of the Geneva Convention of 12 August 12 1949 which says that “fixed establishments and mobile medical units of the Medical Service may in no circumstances be attacked.”
Reports on Monday said members of the Public Commission on Recoding Ukrainian Authorities War Crimes in Donbass urged UN and ICRC to put pressure on the Ukrainian leadership to investigate the tragic incident in Dokuchayevsk.
On 22 February, Ukrainian army units fired on an ambulance as it was transporting a wounded serviceman from DPR positions in the vicinity of Dokuchayevsk. The doctor, the paramedic driver and the patient were killed in the strike. DPR envoy to Minsk talks, parliament speaker Denis Pushilin said the issue would be raised at the next round of negotiations in the Belarussian capital.*jk