May 14, 2014
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