Why Are Ukraine Troops Using UN Helicopters, Russia Foreign Minister Asks

Tyler Durden's picture

A clearly irritated Sergei Lavrov - Russia's Minister of Foreign Affairs - appeared on Bloomberg TV this morning and warned that "Ukraine is as close to civil war as you can get." The minister further exclaimed that Russia "would like to understand how helicopters with a UN logo were used against protesters in the south-east," adding that "Russia has serious suspicions that mercenaries from the USA are acting in Ukraine’s south-east." Furthermore, Lavrov warned that "attempts to force Ukraine into NATO may have a strong negative impact on the whole system of European security." But apart from that... BTFWWIII


A UN-marked Helicopter being used by Ukraine forces against Donetsk regional militia


And the raw feed via LiveLeak:


Ironically - the UN also wants to know why...

The UN has voiced concerns over the apparent use of UN-marked helicopters by Kiev troops in their military operation against Donetsk regional militia. A video of a white-painted Mil Mi-24 strike helicopter with UN logo has emerged.


When inquired about the United Nations’ stance on the use of peacekeeper-marked military hardware in non-peacekeeper operations, the office for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson said such use would violate UN rules.


It is the responsibility of Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) that provide Contingent Owned Equipment to peacekeeping missions to remove all logos and signage bearing the UN's name once such equipment has been repatriated to the home country or is no longer being used for official UN purposes,” the office told RT.


It added that UN-marked aircraft can be used for missions tasked by the UN and that UN’s Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support is in contact with the Ukrainian authorities to clarify the issue.

And - as Lavrov explains in the clip below - Russia seriously wants to know why...


As ITAR-TASS reports,

Russia strongly opposes attempts to force Ukraine into NATO, Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov stated in an interview with Bloomberg Television.


Attempts to force Ukraine into NATO may have a strong negative impact on the whole system of European security, and we would be strongly opposing it,” he stressed. The minister added that this issue concerns not only Ukraine and NATO, but Russia as well.


According to Lavrov, Moscow urges to investigate the alleged Kiev’s using of helicopters with UN marks in the military operation in the country’s south-east. “Ukraine is as close to civil war as you can get,” the Russian minister emphasized. “We would like to understand how helicopters with UN logo were used against protesters in the south-east,” the minister said.


“Russia has serious suspicions that mercenaries from the USA are acting in Ukraine’s south-east,” Lavrov pointed out.


Commenting on the news about the start of the ‘round table’ on ways of settling the crisis in Kiev, the Russian minister noted that for the success of the national dialogue, Ukraine needs an equal participation of all the country’s regions in this process.


“I don’t know which the exact list of participants of the widely advertised ‘round table’ in Kiev is. We are convinced that for the success of the national dialogue, an equal participation of all Ukraine’s regions is needed, and not only of the south and east, but of the west as well,” Sergei Lavrov said.

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the not so mighty maximiza's picture

Nazies in the sky, in UN helicopters

Arius's picture

until recently, I believed this guy, lavrov with Kerry held the keys to peace.  the geneva agreement was a great start and very promissing, but look at where he is fallen .... complaining like a baby for a UN helicopter...

it is hard but i got to admit, lavrov and kerry might not be able after all the bring peace.

Headbanger's picture

They're RENTALS!

What's the big deal!?

max2205's picture

Sure I'd like to know too......maybe CNN could tell us..LOL

john39's picture

at the conclusion of the party, all masks come off...

crazzziecanuck's picture

After watching the last couple months, is there any difference?  These words are all but synonyms now.

Hexagon's picture

Maybe that's because these helicopters were sent by the Ukrainian army to a UN mission somewhere else in the world? I hate the BS from the west, but I don't buy the one from Russia either...

666's picture

It's time to bomb the UN. Nobody would miss it, since it's a useless organization.

Bad Attitude's picture

Those helicopters are part of the United Nations Peace Force.

Ignatius's picture

I will never laugh at the 'Black Helicopter' crowd again, ever.

tmosley's picture

They asked for unmarked helicopters, and they got UN-marked helicopters.

markovchainey's picture

Off on a slight tangent:

I love how the language has degenerated so very much.  An attack helicopter, it sure looks like it has guns to me, is part of a "peace keeping" force.  I guess "peace keeping" means "populace suppression"?

I really need to go back to school.  My English skills apparently suck these days.


markovchainey's picture

Off on a slight tangent:

I love how the language has degenerated so very much.  An attack helicopter, it sure looks like it has guns to me, is part of a "peace keeping" force.  I guess "peace keeping" means "populace suppression"?

I really need to go back to school.  My English skills apparently suck these days.

(Crap!  I apologize for the duplicate post.)

RichardParker's picture

More like United Nations Peace FARCE!

socalbeach's picture

You're missing the point.  Ukraine is not supposed to use helicopters with UN markings for their own military missions.

Headbanger's picture


Duh... Glad you pointed that one out...

So WTF do you make of it??

Hmmmm... Could it be.....   OBAMA!!??

Isn't that special??

tonyw's picture

it shows the junta must be really desperate for working helicopters.

withdrawing those that were sent to africa for UN and not even repainting them.

they must be down to a handful of working ones

probably don't care they shouldn't be using with UN markings

just like it's illegal to burn people to death ...

McMolotov's picture

Yes, you'd think this would be obvious, but some assholes down-thread (rodonmeguro and b_thunder) seem to think this is no biggie.

However, it gives the Kiev junta a highly immoral advantage in that separatists are much less likely to fire on a helicopter emblazoned with the logo of a "neutral" organization. It's no different than using helicopters with a Red Cross logo painted on the side.

It also greatly increases the likelihood of actual UN helicopters being fired on in the future.

Headbanger's picture

Yeah, hope they opted for the rental insurance on those chappaaasss!


socalbeach's picture

The guys bashing Russia on these threads aren't very impressive.  Yesterday Sangell thought Russia-China trade was $8 billion. In his defense he wasn't sure, but how difficult is it to look up?.  Total trade turnover between the two is $88.8 billion.

The Blank Stare's picture

My guess is they were searching for those missing African girls and got the call for help so they said "well, we're already here...why not"

Headbanger's picture

Ya all  know what??   I want to see the Moosechelle pick up some  BMG 50 herself and get wicked down with her Secret Service posse looking for those girls and kick some evil ass!!

C'mon Mrs First Lady  Can you do it or just THINK it like some game to play?

Bet First Lady got lots more GONADS than that big ear douche sitting in the Office.

Do it. Last chance she's got to make some history for the first African American First Lady!

C'mon .. Tap Condi Rice and get 'er done!!

sushi's picture

There have also been reports of Junta troops being transported in trucks and ambulances painted with Red Cross markings. 

Next I suspect we will see images of Junta T-80 tanks labelled for the SPCA.

After all, if you are an illigitimate government engaged in the murder of your own citizens what's the bitch about a little paint?


Ignatius's picture

What do you expect these people to do?

This voting/democracy trend must be stopped!

omniversling's picture

Ranking LEO being 'welcomed' into an ambulance by what appears to be a right wing shooter. Policeman appears to have minor hand injury, however that is not the kind of nurse or paramedic I'd prefer welcoming me into an ambulance...unless I was part of the plot...


espirit's picture

Shoot the fucker down if it's violating the airspace, especially if it is militarized.

Joenobody12's picture

Arius, you are OK with the use of a peace keeping UN coptor against civilian ? You are one sick mother fucker.

Arius's picture

hey nobody, i dont even know what the story is ... these guys deal with numbers in terms of millions

NotApplicable's picture

Wow, you seriously need to step away from the Kool-Aid.

There will be no peace coming from the political class. Not today, nor tomorrow.


Arius's picture

i know you are right ... but just hope you might be wrong ... but again kerry and lavrov were disappointments

Mr. Delicious's picture

whaddayou...one of them assburgers?


lakecity55's picture

NAZIs in the sky with Fiat

onthesquare's picture

UN   US  See the similarity.  United Nations...United States.  Same first name but different last name.  Same mother different father.  Both bastards.

Stackers's picture

And why the fuck does the UN own Russian assualt choppers in the first place ?

the not so mighty maximiza's picture

i think hardware is loaned to them, they really don't own anything.

Stackers's picture

Why the fuck does the UN need Russian assualt choppers loaned to them ?

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture


Why the fuck does the UN need Russian assualt choppers loaned to them ?

To exterminate, ummmm, I mean to bring peace to Liberia and Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Ukrainian Yatzi Junta in Kyiv had them flown back to Ukraine because having three helicopters shot down wiped out 20 percent of their fleet.


caShOnlY's picture

mother do you think they'll try to break my balls?  mother do you think they make your little boy cry?

mother do you think they'll drop the bomb?

onthesquare's picture

mother should I trust the government?

...leave them kids alone.

Bunga Bunga's picture

But a real Nazi would use the Flugscheibe only. I guess it's Blackwater/Xi/Academi in fake Ukrainian army uniforms and in fake UN helicopters.

Berspankme's picture

Lavrov better get a # campaign going ASAP. Obuttfuck and Nucunt have shown the world how effective this tool is for diplomacy.

crazzziecanuck's picture

Duh, Ukraine can't afford the paint.  lol

Canucklehead's picture

I agree that is the answer. 

I can't believe Lavrov wouldn't do a "sad face" selfie tweet with an image of the the chopper in the background.  He is seriously being out manuevered in the diplomatic front.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

This guy's comment is stupid. I admit, it is what you expect from Ukrainian Yatzi Junta Citizenism cheap propaganda...

jayman21's picture

UN looks like it was put there by a very large sharpie

Relentless101's picture

Haha. That was my thought as well. 

General: Paint over those logos private.

Soldier: But sir, that would cost like 5 dollars.

General: Forget painting over the logo private.

Bunga Bunga's picture

'cause the money was spent on Blackwater mercenaries.