The Verkhovna Rada demands from the Russian Federation to immediately end its occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, in certain areas of Donetsk and Lugansk regions.
This requirement is contained in a letter of the Ukrainian Parliament to the parliamentarians of foreign States, parliamentary assemblies, international organizations condemned the continuing aggression of Russian Federation against Ukraine, which Ukrainian MPs supported Tuesday by 236 votes.
Rada calls on world to prevent executions of hostages in the Donbas
«The Verkhovna Rada demands from the Russian Federation to immediately end its occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and city of Sevastopol separate districts of Luhansk and Donetsk regions», — the statement says.
Parliament urges the Russian Federation to stop the ongoing practice of abductions, unlawful detentions and arrests of citizens of Ukraine, the ban on the entry of representatives of the Crimean Tatar people on the territory of the Crimean Peninsula, the violation of freedom of speech and the media, restriction of freedom, religion and peaceful Assembly.
Ukrainian MPs also demand from the Russian Federation to cease directly or indirectly to the financing of illegal armed groups on its territory and on the territory of Ukraine, supply of military equipment, weapons, organizations, force support, training and financing of terrorists.
Ukrainian Parliament demands from the Russian Federation to comply fully with the requirement of the Resolution of the UN General Assembly on 27 March 2014 «Territorial integrity of Ukraine», the provisions of the Minsk agreements, and measures for their implementation 12 February 2015.
People’s deputies of Ukraine from the Russian Federation to «immediately release political prisoners – residents of the Crimea, to implement the decisions of the European court of human rights, to ensure and facilitate unrestricted access of international missions and human rights organizations on the territory of the Crimean Peninsula with a view to implementation of permanent monitoring and surveillance of the situation in the sphere of protection of rights and freedoms on the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol».
The Verkhovna Rada called on the international community to continue to exert pressure on the Russian Federation as a country that violates the UN Charter, the Memorandum on security assurances in connection with Ukraine’s accession to the Treaty on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons of 5 December 1994 (Budapest Memorandum), the Final act of the conference on security and cooperation in Europe of 1 August 1975, the International Convention for the suppression of the financing of terrorism of 1999.
The Ukrainian Parliament also supports the position of the European Parliament to begin negotiating a mechanism for the restoration of the Ukrainian sovereignty by de-occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol in the format of «Geneva plus» with the direct involvement of the institutions of the European Union.
Rada calls on world to prevent executions of hostages in the Donbas
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine calls on States to strengthen the restrictive measures against the Russian Federation to fulfil its commitments under the Minsk agreements.
The corresponding resolution (registration No. 4071) voted 239 of 303 MPs registered in the session hall.
The appeal said that «contrary to the spirit and letter of the Minsk agreements, the Russian Federation and administered by the illegal armed groups have not taken any steps to implement the humanitarian points of the Minsk agreements, in particular, on the release of captured hostages and unimpeded access by international humanitarian missions in the occupied territories».
«Established practice of violence, harassment and blackmail by the Russian occupying forces and militants in some districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions became particularly cruel nature in respect of captured hostages from among local residents, journalists, volunteers and representatives of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other law enforcement agencies. As of today (according to the joint coordination centre search, release illegally incarcerated persons, hostages and establishment of location of missing persons in the area of the ATO) in inhuman conditions hostage contains 137 citizens of Ukraine, remains unknown fate of 694 citizens of Ukraine», — said in the appeal.
The document notes that particular concern recently voiced threats from militants about the readiness to apply in relation to the hostages the death penalty.
BP calls on the parliaments and governments of foreign States, parliamentary assemblies, and international organizations to use all available mechanisms at the governmental, parliamentary and non-governmental level and to give a clear signal of the Russian Federation on the inadmissibility of the use of assassinations and extrajudicial executions, torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of hostages and local residents occupied the territory of certain districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions.
Also calls on Parliament to demand from the Russian Federation to provide immediate access for the International Committee of the red cross to hostages and illegally detained persons and to involve the ICRC to search for missing persons and identification of dead bodies. BP proposes to call upon the Russian Federation to «transfer of citizens of Ukraine illegally held by Russia and the militants controlled it; to demand from the Russian Federation and supported illegal armed groups to stop the ongoing military aggression against Ukraine and to immediately implement commitments under the Minsk agreements on the restoration of control of Ukraine over its border».
BP also requests parliaments to encourage their governments to continue and strengthen the restrictive measures against the Russian Federation to fulfil its commitments under the Minsk agreements.
January 13 in Minsk the participants of the Trilateral contact group on settling the situation in Donbas agreed to free more than 50 prisoners on both sides. However the occupiers block the release of prisoners on lists.
Commissioner of the President of Ukraine on resolving the situation in Donbas, a member of the subgroup for the exchange of prisoners in Minsk , Irina Herashchenko said about the failure of Russia and its militants controlled the humanitarian aspects of the Minsk agreements.
She recalled that in the captivity of militants remains, according to updated information from the security service of Ukraine, Ukrainians 137. 10 of them are in prisons of the Russian Federation.
She said that the militants have stated that they can apply to the Ukrainians the death penalty based on the Criminal code is not an existing country — Soviet Union. «It’s shocking in its cynicism reminiscent of the rhetoric of the ISIS,» said Gerashchenko.
Rada has urged the world to step up pressure on Russia and to prevent executions of hostages in the Donbas 18.02.2016