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

Published on Russia Today RT, May 14, 2014.

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 … //

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Break The Silence: A World War Is Beckoning, on Zcomm (Source: Johnpilger.com), by John Pilger, May 14, 2014: why do we ­tolerate the threat of ­another world war in our name? Why do we allow lies that justify this risk? The scale of our indoctrination, wrote Harold Pinter, is a “brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of ­hypnosis”, as if the truth “never happened even while it was happening” …;

Who’s Undermining Ukrainian Democracy: Putin or the West? on Stop NATO, by Richard Rozoff, May 14, 2014, with a 58.59 min audio to be downloaded;

Greenwald’s book tour draws ire from Anonymous hacktivists, on Russia Today RT, May 14, 2014; http://rt.com/usa/158976-greenwald-anonymous-paypal-pastebin/

Unspoken alliance between US govt & fascists, on Russia Today RT, May 14, 2014:
The fact that US government is supporting the Right Sector and Svoboda in Ukraine as they praise Hitler and engage in a campaign of terrorism is shocking to many people in the United States …;

The War on Education, on Project Syndicate.org, by Gordon Brown, May 12, 2014: LONDON – The kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls in northern Nigeria by the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram is beyond outrageous. Sadly, it is just the latest battle in a savage war being waged against the fundamental right of all children to an education. That war is global, as similarly horrifying incidents in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Somalia attest …;

How to Improve Social Work in Child Protection, on Barefoot Social Worker, by Hilary Searing, 2014;

India goes to the Polls: New party of the poor, on Le Monde diplo/english, by Naïké Desquesnes, May 2014: Five weeks of voting, with 814 million voters, end on 12 May. While Narendra Modi’s BJP looks set to displace Sonia Gandhi’s Congress Party, a third runner, the Aam Aadmi Party, is winning support from both poor and middle classes …;

The Largest Election in the History of the Largest Democracy in the World, on American Thinker, by Janet Levy, April 27, 2014;

ZNet-Map about Crisis in Ukraine;


there is a forum-question: Switzerland as a role model: John Little tells there “I think Switzerland can be used by other countries around the world as a good role model in modern socio/economic situations”;
( My reply, only here: “I do not think so, a direct democracy needs to recognish each-other with all it’s differences, mainly the ones you do not like. How do you want make run this, when Kiev express only hate and contempt for the russian way and even refuses them on an eventual round-table ????? A direct democracy needs trained citicens, able for dialog and respect. Respect during a discussion and respect for any result. Each votation makes vinners and loosers. The ONLY chance for loosers is to continue a civilised discussion with perhaps in some years a next votation. Direct democracy asks you to live with ANY result out of a votation, without taking guns and create street disorders.
An example: 1982 we had in Switzerland the votation “do you want eliminate the Swiss Banking Secret?”
We the leftists failed, about 3/4 of our Swiss fellows voted a big NO (they did NOT want eliminate it).
Only now come times we can observe the beginning of changes.

First consequence of a direct democracy: when your fellows do not vote in your sence, you HAVE to live with the result. For years. Against a gov you can act for their elimination, even if some more years later ‘your’ gov is again pushed out … etc. etc. Best example are our french neighbours, changing with each votation the right-left schema and thus creating an ingovernable country.
Second consequence: we can no more put on any gov the grim for politic’s failer – the real division is within the population – examples you may find when any gov in the world becomes to weak to maintain order: then the divisions are played directly inside the population, but then with guns and street disorders.
Direct democracy needs reasonable, disciplined citicens, wealthy enough to no more need a physical fight for their survival
– Heidi).

20 Most Peaceful Countries in the World, on Amerikanki (according to Global Peace Index).

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