Yesterday, shortly after 11am local time, an OSCE member, male, paramedic was killed in the Lugansk People’s Republic, near the small village of Pryshyb, and two injured, as their armoured vehicle went over a landmine. Initial reports that the victim was British, were later found not to be case, two OSCE female members were injured – one German, female, one Czech, male, (both reported as now having been discharged from hospital).
Of course, from the start, attempt to vilify the Lugansk People’s Republic for this, with Ukrainian propaganda publication the Kyiv Post doing that, citing Ukraine’s advisor to Ministry of Internal Affair, Anton Gerashchenko, blaming Russia, Gerashchenko always on hand with a quote about the ‘evils’ of Russia, and the People’s Republics of Donbass – while himself running the Myrotvorets site, arranging bounties to kill ‘separatists’ and on.
However, the OSCE convoy had in fact deviated from main roads, and gone down sideroads. Why it did this, who knows, but it did, and has resulted in the first death of an OSCE worker since war began in Donbass, over 3 years ago.
The death has brought mass attention from the media, and drawn comment from everyone from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, to German PM Angela Merkel. Austria’s Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, pictured, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the 57-nation OSCE, demanded a thorough investigation, adding that those responsible ‘would be held accountable’. All of which is way, way more attention than is ever given to the thousands of civilian deaths in Donbass caused by Ukrainian shelling.
More, the amount of times I’ve personally witnessed the OSCE either ignore, or actually even cover up for the Ukrainian shelling which has taken the lives of thousands of Donbass civilians now –
But it seems the life of one OSCE worker is an international incident, the lives of thousands of Donbass civilians, seemingly, hardly worth a mention.
On the Russia side, Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, has called for a full, transparent investigation into the incident. Russia has stated it believes the incident to be a ‘provocation’.
Who did it, will indeed hopefully be ascertained. But that there are Ukrainian terrorists working in the Donetsk, and Lugansk, people’s republics is well known. I even interviewed one here, last September –
In any case, I send my condolences to the family of the victim, this is a sad incident, and one which raises a lot of questions, and throws up a paradox about the value of human life.