Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Vitaly Churkin at UN Security Council meeting on the situation in Ukraine, New York, July 21, 2014
The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution calling for an international investigation into the Malaysia Airlines plane crash in Ukraine, with Moscow’s envoy urging other countries to avoid jumping to conclusions — and then proceeding to slam Ukraine.
Russia, which has been blamed by Ukraine and the West for downing the Malaysian airliner last Thursday in eastern Ukraine, was among the 15 council members to vote in favor of a resolution on Monday demanding unrestricted access to the crash site for international investigators.
Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin said his country is «ready to provide any necessary assistance in organizing an impartial international investigation.»
«But until its completion, it is important to refrain from rushed conclusions and politicized statements,» Churkin said, «Kiev is trying to use the shock that the international community is experiencing over the loss of the Malaysian airliner to boost its punitive operation in the east of the country.»
«Towns are subjected to indiscriminate artillery shelling, their residents are dying by the dozens,» he added.