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Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius has confirmed that a diplomat based in Ukraine's troubled eastern city of Luhansk has been murdered by pro-Russian separatists.
Linkevicius tweeted with "deep sorrow" that "Mr Mykola Zelenec kidnapped & brutally killed by terrorists there," referring to pro-Russian separatists, who are yet to comment on the incident.
Tensions have been high between Lithuania and the pro-Russian rebels in the east of Ukraine as well as with Russia itself, after Linkevicius described the entry of a Russian aid convoy into eastern Ukraine as "a blatant violation of international law" and requested a UN Security Council emergency session on what is deemed to be a Trojan-horse style invasion of Ukraine.
A UN delegation from the former Soviet republic of Lithuania was lambasted by Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, on Friday.
He scorned "the indefatigable delegation of Lithuania, which is always torpedoing all productive, constructive initiatives we've had in the Security Council".
He said Lithuania had amended a Russian proposal calling for a ceasefire while the aid was distributed in Luhansk. He said the Lithuanian delegation "sent in amendments where they dropped the reference to Russia and included a reference to the European Union, and then dropped the reference to a ceasefire".
At the UN, he added, "the Lithuanian delegation starts working, and of course we know the division of labour - the US and UK are not far behind".
Lithuanian Ambassador Raimonda Murmokaite said Russia's convoy move violated Ukraine's sovereignty. She also dismissed Churkin's charges.
"The Lithuanian mission discards such allegations pointing to a recurrent scenario regarding Russian drafts," she said, adding that Moscow "could not be more protective of those illegal rebel groups."Last Mod: 23 Ağustos 2014, 11:58