The President of PACE Pedro Agramunt in his speech drew attention to the attacks in different countries of the world, expressed his condolences to the families of the dead children in a car accident in Italy, but found no words of sympathy to Ukrainian children, affected by Russia waged war against Ukraine. This was written by a member of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE, first Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Gerashchenko on his page in Facebook.
Jagland referred to the Russian aggression in his speech in PACE
«In his speech at the beginning of the January session of the PACE President, Pedro Agramunt drew attention to the attacks in different countries of the world, expressed his condolences to the families of the dead children in a car accident in Italy. We fully share this position and join in the heartfelt condolences to the families of the dead children, it’s awful. But what I can not understand — why in the heart of Agramunt and in his rhetoric, there was not one word of sympathy to Ukrainian children, Ukrainian families who have lost children as a result of Russia waged war against Ukraine … why there were no words of condolence to parents whose children were blown up by mines, who generously supplied the Russian Voentorg, or children who were shot and injured,» she said.
Gerashchenko said that the Ukrainian delegation is doing everything in order to draw the attention of the world and PACE to the violation of children’s rights in the occupied Donbas.
«Today held a round table on the theme of children in the Donbass, who suffer most from military action. Vladimir Aryev has presented the film about the children of young Ukrainians experienced the tragedy of losing a home, school, family, our native city», — said the first Vice-speaker .
Gerashchenko reminded that this issue is constantly heard at meetings of the humanitarian sub-group of the Trilateral contact group in Minsk.
«Ukraine is strongly opposed to the involvement of children in conflict, we have dozens of cases involving teenagers by militants, to work at checkpoints, and Russian websites and Newspapers print numerous stories about military camps for teenagers, where children from the occupied territories drill for future war,» — said Gerashchenko.
She also recalled the fate of the kids with September 2016 being held in prison in the ORDO for «sabotage»: «Despite promises that ORDO gave the OSCE, the children are still behind bars».
«From the conflict in the Donbas is suffering at least 1 700 000 children from both sides of the line of contact. During the military aggression of at least 68 children were killed, and 186 wounded. It is obvious that these figures are incomplete and inaccurate because we don’t have full information on the fate of children in the occupied territories», — stated in the message.
According to Gerashchenko, if we talk about the nature of injuries, it’s a terrible story — «children are suffering from attacks and mines, we have some terrible cases of children amputating all limbs, hands and legs because of a landmine».
At the same time, there remain unresolved issues of transportation of several homes for children with serious diagnoses, bedridden children who do not have time to evacuate in 2014 and that the Ukrainian authorities just don’t give up despite the demands.
«There also remains blocked access to international humanitarian missions in the occupied territories and their normal work out there, including those organizations that are helping children as the most vulnerable social categories,» — said the MP.
She also added that because of the war, 1937 children have been orphaned and this number is constantly growing.
We will note, President of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Pedro Agramunt, who on Monday January 23, elected to the new annual term, stated the need for the withdrawal of all political sanctions against the Russian delegation. Agramunt expressed regret over Russia’s decision not to participate in PACE.
«Russia’s position has not changed – they’re ready to come back if they will be fully reinstated, including the right to vote and participate in the work of the committees,» he said.
We will remind, Agramunt was President of the Assembly in 2016. At the end of the year, a question was raised about how to prevent his election for a second year because of complaints about his activities, but this idea is not found sufficient support.
The PACE President during the past year have made an effort to withdraw sanctions against the Russian Federation, but did not succeed. Also, it is known that interrupted a long tradition of communication with the press in Strasbourg.
Jagland referred to the Russian aggression in his speech in PACE
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe thorbjørn Jagland , in a speech to the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe called the Russian aggression against Ukraine, the number of problems in the area of the Council of Europe, reports «European true».
Jagland addressed the deputies with a traditional address early in the session, listing key issues on the agenda.
Among these problems, he called propaganda and fake news, including the impact on elections; strengthening the populists in Europe; the threat from the populists; the immigration crisis; the crisis in Turkey; the incidence of terrorism.
In the speech, which lasted more than an hour, he didn’t mention the aggression against Ukraine, the annexation of the Crimea, and never used the word «Russia».
In addition, as stated by the MP, PACE Vice-President Georgy Logvynsky, Jagland openly cooperating with the Russian authorities, reports «5 channel».
«He really cooperates with the Russian mercenaries and the Russian authorities. He does it frankly, openly, and we respond to it. Certainly here, in this room, there are many people who feel themselves part of the Russian Federation, despite the fact that you have a passport Switzerland, the Netherlands or another country, but in any case they are not able to overcome the support who created the Ukrainian delegation,» said Logvinsky.
Earlier it was reported that the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe an attempt was made to amend the current regulations that would allow the Russian delegation to return to the session hall. The Ukrainian delegation keeps this issue under control, said George Legwinski.
Gerashchenko criticized Agramunt selective compassion for the suffering of children. Jagland mentioned the aggression of the Russian Federation in his speech 25.01.2017