West reluctant to point finger at nationalist radicals in Ukraine crisis
Following an emergency meeting with the UN Security Council on
Friday night in connection with the fire at Odessa’s Trade Unions
House that killed 39 people, Ambassador Vitaly Churkin spoke out
against Western support of radical elements in Ukraine.
“We were struck by the complacence of the Western members of the Security Council towards the actions, including the use of force, by the illegitimate Kiev authorities and the ultra-radicals they rely on,” said Churkin in a statement.
He added Russia was “profoundly disturbed” by reports “thugs” from the extremist, right-wing group Right Sector had set the Trade Unions building ablaze.
“Such actions are reminiscent of the crimes of the Nazis,” he said, stressing it is not surprising such elements believe they can act with “impunity” when they have the backing of the West.
Although the West has moved to condemn the incident, it has stopped short of acknowledging it was pro-Kiev radicals that set the building ablaze and the victims were pro-federalization activists.
The US State Department issued a statement following the event, decrying the violence and mayhem that led to so many senseless deaths and injuries as “unacceptable.” It made no mention of the actions of radical, right-wing elements in Ukraine. Sweden’s Foreign Minister went one step further, intimating in a Twitter post that the events in Odessa were triggered by a “pro-Russian attempt to get control of buildings.”
Horrible with at least 38 dead in Odessa. Seems to have started with pro-Russian attempt to get control of buildings. Violence must stop!
— Carl Bildt (@carlbildt) May 2, 2014
Furthermore, earlier this week EU foreign policy chief Catherine
Ashton said "the state's monopoly on the legitimate use of
violence needs to be respected."
Following a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Barack Obama praised the “remarkable restraint” of the coup-appointed Kiev government in their treatment of the crisis. He also said that the Ukrainian Army’s operation in eastern Ukraine was “a move to restore order.”
— Department of State (@StateDept) May 3, 2014
Russia has decried the acting Ukrainian government’s use of force
against civilians in the east of the country as a violation of
the Geneva agreement reached on April 17.
Ukraine’s acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said the Kiev’s coup-appointed government’s special operation in eastern Ukraine “is not going to stop.”
About 10 people were killed and around 30 were injured during recent fighting in the city of Kramatorsk.