“Recent events in Missouri State (U.S.), the Gaza strip and Iraq provided the Washington’s courier press a perfect alibi to ignore the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Donbas region of eastern Ukraine,” he points in the article published in the latest release of The National Interest. “According to UN representative Cecile Pouilly, the number of fatalities in eastern Ukraine doubled from 1,129 to 2,086 over the past two weeks in July. As to “the most conservative estimates”, as the UN representative described, around 5,000 people have been wounded; over 110,000 people have fled their homes. Moscow reports that roughly 730,000 Ukrainian refugees have crossed the boarder into Russia, says the article. By way of comparison: the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reported that 1,948 Palestinians and sixty-six Israelis have been killed during the entire Israel military operation in the Gaza Strip. One would be hard pressed to find any reports about the mounting death toll in the Donbas on our news outlets. The media’s collective decision to disregard the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine is all the more egregious”, says James W. Carden.
In expert’s opinion, the media disregard the OSCE reports and the US State Department undermines their significance “in order to absolve Kiev of any responsibility for the crisis in eastern part of the country”. “While the reaction of the American media to the OSCE reports has been to ignore them, the response by State Department automaton Marie Harf has been to dismiss them, all the while endeavoring to absolve Kiev of any responsibility whatsoever for the humanitarian crisis… Yet on the other hand, perhaps it’s more comfortable for her to feign ignorance than acknowledge what the State Department and U.S. intelligence agencies undoubtedly know: that ill-trained, far-right paramilitary forces have played a crucial role in the latter stages of Kiev’s military operation in the east,” says the expert
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