Jan 26, 2015
By Michael Kramer
The U.N. political chief says deadly rocket attacks on the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol this weekend that “knowingly targeted civilians” violated international humanitarian law – and could amount to war crimes.
Jeffrey Feltman told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council today that observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe who examined the craters – reported that the rockets originated from territory controlled by pro-Russian rebels.
He says Saturday’s attack on Mariupol hit a market killing dozens of people, including women and children, and injuring over 100. Other reports put the death toll at 30.
Mariupo is a strategic city that could provide a land corridor into Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula – which Russia annexed last March.