The Foreign Minister of Russia issued a statement that completely distorts the real picture of events in Donetsk on Thursday evening and promised to take the city “under protection”.
A statement published on the website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia states that the people who criticize the current government were attacked by “right-wing groups”. “Russia is aware of its responsibility to citizens and compatriots living in Ukraine and reserves the right to the protection of people,” – said the Russian Foreign Ministry.
“On March 13, in Donetsk tragic events and bloodshed happened. Peaceful demonstrators who came to the streets to express their attitude to the destructive position of people who call themselves Ukrainian authorities were attacked by right-wing groups, armed with traumatic weapons and bats, who arrived to the city from the other parts of the country on the eve, “- said the statement. “As a result there is a large number of wounded people, one person was killed,” – he added in the statement. “We have repeatedly said that the government, which came to Kyiv, has to disarm the militias, ensure the safety of people and the legitimate right of people to hold rallies. Unfortunately, as it turns out from the events in Ukraine, it is not happening, the government in Kiev does not control the situation in the country” – he added.
On Thursday, March 13, a pro-Ukrainian rally was held in Donetsk. Activists held speeches about the unacceptability of war and the unity of the country, sang the anthem, chanted “Glory be to Ukraine!” and “Glory be to the Heroes!” At the same time, the so-called “pro-Russian” protesters gathered near them, chanting “Russia”, throwing eggs and water balloons in the direction of their opponents. Later, they attacked the pro-Ukrainian protesters and beat them with iron sticks. Later, members of the pro-Russian rally surrounded the police bus, which also included members of self-defense, broke windows and sprayed gas, threw firecrackers into the bus. As a result, officially one person is killed, according to the press secretary of the Donetsk branch of The Svoboda Party.