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December 25, 2012 (JUBA) - Russia is seeking compensations to the families of the crew of the United Nation-leased Russian helicopter mistakenly shot down in South Sudan on December 21.

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UNMISS head Hilde F. Johnson speaks during a memorial ceremony for the Russian crew of the Russian helicopter that crashed in Jonglei on 21 December. The ceremony took place this morning, 24 December, at UNMISS compound in presence of the SRSG and other colleagues. (UNMISS)

South Sudanese army, SPLA, shot down the UN helicopter in the troubled state of Jonglei, killing all the members of its Russian crew, an incident both the UN Secretary General, Ban ki-moon and the Security Council strongly condemned.

Ki-moon also urged Juba to investigate the incident and hold those responsible accountable.

“We will be watching closely the progress of the ongoing investigation and press for efficient measures to be taken to ensure the security of air traffic in South Sudan,” Vitaly Churkin, the Russian ambassador to the UN told Voice of Russia.

The Russian envoy insists the local military command had allegedly been informed by the UN officials about the planned flight and that the helicopter had been promised complete security by the South Sudanese.

However, the SPLA spokesperson, Philip Aguer, told Reuters their forces opened fire on the helicopter because they had no information from the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) about its presence in Pibor where a rebel group is operating.

“We saw a white plane landing and asked UNMISS whether they had any flight in the area but they denied it. The army opened fire because it thought it was an enemy plane supplying Yau Yau with weapons,” he said.

We later heard UNMISS had a flight there. They should have informed us, Aguer added.

Meanwhile, UNMISS, on Monday, held a memorial ceremony at its Juba headquarters, where a minute of silence was observed for the four-crew members killed.

Hilde F. Johnson, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for South Sudan also read out the names of the victims during the ceremony. They included, Pilot in Command Ilin Sergei, Co-Pilot Abrakov Alfir, Flight Engineer Egorov Sergei and Flight Attendant Shpanov Nikolai.

South Sudan’s deputy Defense Minister, Majak D’Agoot represented government at the event.

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  • 26 December 2012 08:09, by Murle agent

    They should pay the compensation to the grieving family of those brave Russian who are working hard in favour to help those illitrates hyenas in Juba...

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    • 26 December 2012 10:02, by Ahmed Chol

      This is all non-sense! What were they doing in the rebel controlled area? just a setup. Sudan Gov’t talked to Russia to claimed the responsibility. Now Russia pressure the UN. What a game is this? South Sudan should not worry about paying anything. Any UN plane in Pibor area without RoSS permission risks a shoot down. This is where I support SPLA 100%. I don’t like foreign blackmailing and threats

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      • 26 December 2012 16:15, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

        To hell to Russian pilots! People need to know places where they are not wanted. It was all about their mission that killed them but nothing beneficiary to South Sudanese that they were risking their lives for. Either Russia or UN will compensate them. These are all disadvantages of assessing rebel held areas without initial governement consultation. SPLA didn’t grant life insurence to Russians.

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      • 27 December 2012 08:55, by Our Blood will Fight for Us

        Ahmed Chol i agree with you, this Russians have been playing all this years Monkey tricks, they are always used by the Mundukuru throughout the world, you just follow their reactions always whenever there is something involving Arabs, they will stand with them either they are wrong or right always they believe the Arabs.

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    • 28 December 2012 10:40, by winny

      @ murle agent the gov’t of South Sudan will not make any compensation to Russian people because the was known as rebel zone. so if you can really reasoning but i can’t blame you so much because you are lacking some things.to me those were they one who brought for what is today call website or internet.so a hyenas is he/she who do not reasoning.also with out Juba you will not be there.

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  • 26 December 2012 08:10, by dinkdong

    Media suck! We might not know the truths.

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  • 26 December 2012 08:14, by Sundayw

    Occupational hazard! It is tragic that Russians died working for the toothless organization like the UN. I am sure in their contract, there were fine prints that death is possible working with UN.
    The UN has allowed itself to be mistaken for Sudan air force that violates our airspace and arms the rebels at will. There is abundant evidence supporting this theory.

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  • 26 December 2012 08:14, by Johndumo14

    Russia is seeking compensations to the families of the crew of the United Nation-leased Russian helicopter mistakenly shot down in South Sudan on December 2.
    WHAT ABOUT THE FAMILIES OF RELATIVES bombed and KILLED by russian`s pilots? in sudan and south sudan from 1983 to 2012?
    Russia must shut mouth,the ones you killed are pigs and not humans.!!The russians pilots must withdraw now or we bomm the

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    • 26 December 2012 08:25, by Johndumo14

      Oh god ,the ones you bombed in unity state and wau ,or from 1983 up to now,who will pay for them?
      God crated humans beings in Russia and god crated wild animals in Africa especially in JUBA and your muster Bashir sends you to kill them? Okay because you are the sons of god we will puck you again. Oh the lion wearing goat`s skin,long live.

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    • 27 December 2012 16:32, by Johndumo14

      Okay we will pay them 3 donkeys each.After investigation is under way by FBI from USA ,From now on UN helicopters must be piloted by other nationals not Russians.Or we will shoot them down ,we are monitering their movements in south sudan.

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  • 26 December 2012 08:25, by Tutbol

    The UNSC of cabals is issuing threats!? Who doesn’t still know that this organisation has been remodeled to serve the interests of the Europeans crooks. Why the world doesn’t get rid of this criminal body is to everyone guess! The Ruskies are demanding for their mercenaries compensations & are even talking of air traffic in S Sudan! We don’t want your damn UN criminals roaming our state at will.

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  • 26 December 2012 08:33, by James Maker Akok

    Russia must need to go out from South Sudan they are against South Sudan and helping North Sudan against South Sudan. So enemy should not be staying in a country they are against.

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  • 26 December 2012 08:49, by Murle agent

    They should pay the compensation to the grieving family of those brave Russian who are working hard in favour to help those illitrates hyenas in Juba...

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    • 26 December 2012 09:29, by panchol

      Murle Agent
      To compensate Russians pilots. why? who is mistaken? why not for these pilots to inform SPLA about their going to the area? up to now we don’t want these Russians to be in South Sudan as their support is 98% to North Sudan.
      president of Russia is not a president of South Sudan.

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    • 26 December 2012 09:39, by panchol

      Murle Agent
      To compensate Russians pilots. why? who is mistaken? why not for these pilots to inform SPLA about their going to the area? up to now we don’t want these Russians to be in South Sudan as their support is 98% to North Sudan.
      president of Russia is not a president of South Sudan.

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      • 26 December 2012 12:19, by Murle agent

        To panchol.
        Without Russian your dwarfs masters in Juba won’t achieve any goal. You should be proud of Russians.

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        • 26 December 2012 15:31, by panchol

          Murle or Jalaby Agent.
          what had Russian done to us we the South Sudanese?South Sudanese would have not achieved their independent if Russian fails to bomb inside and South Sudanese border. is that not what you mean? what do you mean by dwafts? "Our government is much taller than who ever think is supper". More so you are an Arab. do use name Murle as your users’ name.

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        • 26 December 2012 16:26, by James Maker Akok

          Murle,
          Is better to use your really name like the way I use my really name. Using fake names is the ways you cheat yourself and other people by telling fault things.

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  • 26 December 2012 08:50, by Majer

    By Majer
    UN should compensate them. We the citizens of South Sudan do not even have money to by salt.

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    • 26 December 2012 16:22, by OurLand

      You mean, the UN should pay because the UN shot down the helicopter? That is funny, I believe I remember that the SPLA shot it down. So who should pay?
      If you have no money to buy sugar, please address yourself to your leaders who stole 4 billion dollar from the oil revenue

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  • 26 December 2012 16:58, by master

    if this is your understanding for the live & international affairs then peace upon world

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    • 26 December 2012 17:26, by zulu

      A mistrees always doesnt understand the topic men discuss, cause she uses the ass to reason. besides, english isincomprehensible to her cause arabic is her master’s lingua

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  • 27 December 2012 04:20, by paul Avelino

    By Jap:The crew families deserved the right to be compensated.these are the innocent UN staff who are green about the political atmosphere of the country.i would not agree with those who are igniting factors in the development of the south sudanese,we should not consider a friend to khartoum our enemy.why should we also biuld that relationship.lets laeve the spirit of backwardness.

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  • 27 December 2012 08:17, by Foxtail

    those poor dudes died out of negligience from the control room. infact, the Rusian gov’t has nothing to claim from the SPLA because the control room guys love the word "NO" for "YES" and that is what exactly happened. anyway, I pity those four dudes killed, for they are victims of ignorance. may their souls rest in peace.

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  • 3 April 2013 11:25, by stefan

    To compensate Russians pilots. why? who is mistaken? why not for these pilots to inform SPLA about their going to the area? up to now we don’t want these Russians to be in South Sudan as their bateria ego-t support is 98% to North Sudan.
    president of Russia is not a president of South Sudan.

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