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MEP demands truth over Rocchelli assassination

Eleonora Forenza, MEP,  (European United Left) expressed her concern over lack of movement in the investigation by Ukrainian authorities of the assassination of an Italian photojournalist Andrea (Andy) Rocchelli (30) near #Slavyansk three years ago.

The question addressed to the Kiev’s officials was raised during the European Parliament hearing  on Violation of human rights, restriction of freedom of press, and political repressions in Ukraine, organised by Socialist & Democrats, Greens, and United Left.

Italian media claim  the photojournalist Andrea Rocchelli, who perished in Donbass, was killed by the Ukrainian military National Guards on Kiev’s direct orders for reporting atrocities of troops against Donbass civilian population. On May 24, 2014 during the day of truce Rocchelli’s car was hit by mortars, causing lethal injuries to the journalist and his interpreter, Andrey Mironov.

Italian media Lamezia live  explains the lack of movement in investigation by direct involvement of a state, accusing Kiev in a war crime in an article: “Italian photojournalist Andrea Rocchelli was killed because he was inconvenient.

While years pass by the perpetrators of the crime have been not brought to justice in Ukraine, but in July Italian authorities arrested in Bologna a Ukrainian military Vitaly Markiv, accused of assassinating Rocchelli and Mironov upon testimony of French journalist William Roguelon, who survived the attack, and became the major witness of the criminal investigation in Italy.

Eleonora Forenza is an Italian politicians from L’Altra Europa , a contestant for the president of the European Parliament seat in the last elections. This year, Forenza travelled to Donbass, сelebrating  with Communists 1st May in #Lugansk, causing an outrage of Ukrainian mass media.

Russian peacekeeping proposal for Donbass in stalemate

The separatists of the of self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic reject the idea of ​​deploying UN peacekeepers on the border with Russia, as stated in an interview with RT TV channel by Denis Pushilin, the entity envoy to Moscow.

The deployment of peacekeepers is being discussed in connection with the Russian proposals to the UN Security Council. The concerned parties visualise the format of the mission in different ways. Russia suggests an armed mission to work on the line of separation between the territories controlled by the separatists and Kiev troops. In Kiev and in the West, it is believed that the blue helmets should have a broad mandate to work throughout the unrecognized republics.

Pusilin expectedly supports the first – Russian – option. “If it were not for such support from Ukraine from Germany, France and the United States, the conflict would have been resolved long ago’ – Pushilin said. He was reminiscent of Yugoslavia, and the role of Western powers in fracturation of Balkans, while motivating the rejection of this plan.

“If the West really wants to resolve the conflict in a political way, if there are peace initiatives, and not some veiled goals of entering the UN contingent, then, of course, it must be placed where the danger is. … On the territory of the DPR the situation is quiet, even more quiet on the border with Russia “, – he said.

Pusilin also pointed out that it would be inadvisable to deploy UN peacekeeping forces throughout the region without the consent of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. He recalled that the proposals envisage the consent of both sides of the conflict to the introduction of peacekeepers.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a press conference on the results of the BRICS summit on September 5 that Russia will submit to the UN Security Council a resolution on the deployment of UN peacekeepers on the contact line in the Donbass to ensure the security of OSCE personnel. At the same time, he stressed that the deployment of UN forces is possible only after the withdrawal of weapons and in coordination of this issue with representatives of the breakaway regions.

 

The wreck of EU foreign policy

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Anna van Densky, OPINION

With flows of migrants from Libyan cost, the EU Southern Neighbourhood, ravaged by Islamic terrorists, and the defrozen conflict in the EU Eastern Neighbourhood with tanks moving along the vicinities in Donetsk, the EU foreign affairs Council, 6.2.2017,  finds itself in the worst situation in years, if not in decades, since the Balkan war.

Both problems have one element in common: the active involvement of the EU in shaping of the future of the neighbouring countries. The zeal of the implementation of the Neighbourhood policy in Ukraine led to the break of pro-European and pro-Russian populations, while the overthrowing of the Libyan ‘tyrant’ caused a turmoil on a half of the African continent.
Due to the EU efforts Libya from a donor became an acceptor, requesting funds to keep the flows of migrants on its coasts. 200 000 euro of taxpayers money were pledged to UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), while the destiny of Colonel Gaddafi’s fortune of 200 000 billion, as reported shortly before his assassination, remains obscure. However,  even if donated as agreed the major question remains if there are structures and institutions able of the implementation of the programme to improve the conditions of migrants, and fight against the smugglers.
GNA hardly controls Tripoli, where recently an explosion next to Italian reopened Embassy brought into focus grave security concerns for corps diplomatique, already shuttered by the tragic death of US Ambassador Stevens.
The EU mission on its page still calls it an ‘exiting’ time:
“It is an exciting time to be in Libya as the country is seeking its path towards democracy and stability. Just over two years ago (! -av), the Libyan people showed to the world that popular will could prevail over a ruthless dictatorship. For their courage and determination, Libyans gained the admiration of the whole world”, – although unlike Italians they prefer to watch if from the safe distance of ‘Prestige Business Center Bloc’ in Tunis.
Obviously impossible to compare ravaged by jihadists Libya with the  ‘Anti-terrorist operation’ (ATO) of President Poroshenko in Ukraine, the latest active fighting at the front line in Avdeevka, next to Donetsk endangered Minsk agreements, showing the fragility of the situation there and a huge ambition of Kiev’s leadership to conclude ATO, even at cost of the devastation of once wealthy industrial region of coal-mining.
Till present on contrary to the EU expectations the prolonged restrictive measures against Russia have not delivered an expected result to force Kremlin to abandon its support to two self-proclaimed Republics of Lugansk and Donetsk.
However the sanctions have an effect of the European agricultural sector and business, suffering losses as the result of this policy: the rise of the anti-EU forces in old member states is too obvious to ignore even for myopic bureaucrats of the European external action service, risking to lose their jobs soon, while the European nations demand referendums on EU membership from their governments, profoundly unsatisfied with the impact of  EU foreign policies on their lives.
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