13:20 04.12.2014

Banned ammunition not supplied to Donbas conflict zone – Ukraine's chief military prosecutor

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Banned ammunition not supplied to Donbas conflict zone – Ukraine's chief military prosecutor

The Ukrainian side did not use cluster munitions, rocket launchers or military aircraft in the anti-terrorist operation area in eastern Ukraine, Deputy Prosecutor General and Chief Military Prosecutor Anatoliy Matios has said.

The press service of the Prosecutor General's Office reported on Wednesday that at a meeting between Matios and representatives of the Human Rights Watch international human rights organization, headed by Executive Director Kenneth Roth, the sides discussed in detail the use in eastern Ukraine of aerial bombs, rockets and cluster munitions, as well as reports of crimes committed in the area of the anti-terrorist operation, and their investigation.

"Explaining to Human Rights Watch representatives the nature of what is happening in the combat zone, the chief military prosecutor said that there are no religious, ethnic or any other conflicts in Ukraine. In fact, there is open aggression on the part of the Russian Federation and, Matios said, based on each case of shelling and deaths of people the relevant information is included without delay and criminal proceedings are launched," reads the statement.

He also said that combat aircraft were not used in the anti-terrorist operation area.

According to Matios, following checks conducted by the chief military prosecutor's office it was established that munitions that have indiscriminate effects, that is napalm, cluster and phosphorus munitions, had not been seized, withdrawn from or delivered to the military units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

In addition, he said, a complete inventory of sites to store such weapons was conducted.

"Banned ammunition was not supplied, was not used or is not to be used in the anti-terrorist operation area due to the obligations undertaken by Ukraine," Matios said.

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