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​UN-marked strike helicopter ‘used by Kiev against militia’ sparks scandal

Published time: May 14, 2014 07:33
Edited time: May 16, 2014 11:13
Screenshot from a video showing a white-painted Mil Mi-24 strike helicopter allegedly used by Kiev troops in their military operation against Donetsk regional militia.

Screenshot from a video showing a white-painted Mil Mi-24 strike helicopter allegedly used by Kiev troops in their military operation against Donetsk regional militia.

The UN has voiced concerns over the apparent use of UN-marked helicopters by Kiev troops in their military operation against Donetsk regional militia. A video of a white-painted Mil Mi-24 strike helicopter with UN logo has emerged.

When inquired about the United Nations’ stance on the use of peacekeeper-marked military hardware in non-peacekeeper operations, the office for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson said such use would violate UN rules.

“It is the responsibility of Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) that provide Contingent Owned Equipment to peacekeeping missions to remove all logos and signage bearing the UN's name once such equipment has been repatriated to the home country or is no longer being used for official UN purposes,” the office told RT.

It added that UN-marked aircraft can be used for missions tasked by the UN and that UN’s Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support is in contact with the Ukrainian authorities to clarify the issue.

A video of a UN-marked Mil Mi-24 strike helicopter was published on Tuesday by LifeNews television. It said its correspondents covering Kiev’s military operation in the Donetsk Region took the video near Kramatorsk. LifeNews said at least three combat Mi-24 and one transport Mi-8 helicopters carrying UN colors were spotted in the area.

Russia said it “certainly” is interested in finding out more on the situation.

“We certainly want to understand how it happened that the UN logo – a UN-painted helicopter – was used against protesters in the east and the south. The United Nations has already expressed it very deep concern,” Russia’s Foreign Minister said in an interview with Bloomberg.

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry has denied the claims, saying that no UN-marked helicopters participated in its military operation in the southeast of the country.

“The helicopters colored in white paint, which formerly took part in peacekeeping missions, are used. However, they only have emblems on them that confirm they belong to the armed forces of Ukraine,” the ministry’s press-service told Interfax-Ukraine.

The Ukrainian military has provided equipment for several UN peacekeeping missions, particularly in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Comments (530)


M.S. 20.05.2014 08:00

[quote name='Calvin Bonner' time='15.05.2014 21:09']@ Duane Greaves

My only gripe with Russia is that after the USSR disbanded many Socialists and 3rd World freedom fighters were left unsupported and at the mercy of exploiters and imperialists. If Putin had been as mature as he is now and took the Premiershiship immediatley after Gorbatchev...
Don't make mistake ,though USSR & Russia tried somehow to be independent of western Imperialists & backing the so called third world, but actually they were played by US & subdued to them & in many times betrayed other can say they subdivided the world.


steve robson 17.05.2014 19:08

Okupirani Srbin 16.05.2014 19:23

UN = United Nations of America.
Lingo: It could be...It would be...we want to understand...
Simply admit: you are launching new Operation Barbarossa.


Just grow up and get out of Ukraine, problem solved


wilson 17.05.2014 18:12

Joe Bentley 16.05.2014 08:05

Todays new from the JEWS everyone is making up the news in the Ukraine.Rt news thinks Zionists are nuking them on the ground afew soldiers blow up one checkpoint.
& ;amp;quo t;yikes" more of the same from my Western Jew brothers.


Jew brothers? That's strange. It should be Jew sisters.

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