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Ukraine condemns shelling of foreign missions by Russian forces

KYIV, Ukraine: Kyiv has strongly condemned the shelling of the premises of foreign diplomatic missions in Ukraine by the armed forces of the Russian Federation.

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In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine said that the Russian military’s missile and bombings damaged the building in Mariupol where the Greek Consulate General and the office of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine were located.

Honored Consulates of Slovenia, Azerbaijan and Albania in Kharkiv were also destroyed.

The ministry said that Russia’s armed attacks on the premises of diplomatic missions represent gross violation of international humanitarian law, the Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic and Consular Relations.

“We call on the international community to condemn Russia for its barbaric shelling of civilian objects in Ukraine, which results in murders and injuries of civilians, including children,” it said.

The ministry further said that the Ukrainian side will add the facts of the destruction of premises of foreign diplomatic missions in Ukraine to the lawsuits against Russia in international courts to bring Russia to maximum responsibility for its crimes.

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