Hybrid war aimed at returning Ukraine to the Russian sphere of influence – Russia’s permanent representative in Vienna

Гибридная война направлена на возврат Украины в сферу влияния России - постпред в Вене

In the last week from 8 to 14 July as a result Russia started the conflict in the East of Ukraine 5 Ukrainian servicemen were killed, another 24 were injured.

This was stated by the Permanent representative of Ukraine to the international organizations in Vienna Eugene Tsymbalyuk during a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council, reports the correspondent of UKRINFORM.

“Fuelling the violence in the Donbas, the Russian Federation continues to put pressure on Ukraine, ignoring all their obligations and responsibilities, which aimed to return Ukraine to the so-called Russian sphere of influence. Hybrid war takes lives and devastates densely populated areas. Only for last week (8-14 July) 5 Ukrainian military were killed and 24 injured,” he said.

According to the diplomat, the violation of ceasefire regime by Russian occupation forces in the Donbas continues on a daily basis, including with application of the Minsk agreements prohibited weapons.

The head of the Ukrainian mission to the OSCE drew attention of foreign diplomats in flagrant violation, when on 13 July the Russian formation had originally provided security guarantees for the evacuation of the bodies of Ukrainian soldiers, then ambushed the evacuation group, killing one soldier, the medic, two soldiers were injured.

“Let me emphasize that members of evacuation teams had all the necessary medical insignia under international humanitarian law. Given that Ukraine considers that this provocation has all the hallmarks of a war crime,” – said Tsymbalyuk.

He urged States parties strongly condemn the incident and to increase pressure on Russia to force her to comply with their peace commitments as a party to the conflict in the Donbas.