Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
As long as there are people in Kiev [in the government – ed] who are directly connected to the events of 2014 and war crimes in Donbass, then there can’t be any talk about bring the persons guilty of tragedies to justice. This was stated on the air of the NewsOne TV channel by the former officer of the operational leadership of the General Staff of the UAF, the colonel reserve officer Oleg Zhdanov.
“Will we learn about what happened near Ilovaisk? Will there be some sort of reaction?” asked the TV host.
“No, there won’t be any further reaction because the UN ambiguously hints that it is necessary to punish those who committed actions that led to this tragedy, to the violation of the civil rights, and cases of excesses in relation to civilians. And this isn’t the introduction of war time, it’s not the announcement of martial law, it is in general the order of the operation near Ilovaisk and the direct management and leadership of it,” said Zhdanov.
“Nothing happens in the army without the consent of a first official. That’s why there can be no consequences. Geletey [Minister of Defense from July 3 to October 14, 2014 – ed] wasn’t especially involved there, it was the chief of the General Staff that was in charge. The General Staff planned the operation and led the troops. And the chief of the General Staff at this moment was given the rank of General at a parade in Kiev from the president’s hands. So if to now bring Generals to justice…” said the expert.
“I.e., the story continues. I think that we will learn the truth only after the government in this country is changed,” concluded the host of the TV channel.
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