Permanent representative of Ukraine to the United Nations Volodymyr Yelchenko calls on the UN Secretary-General ban Ki-moon to increase pressure on Russia from the countries-members of the United Nations in connection with the repression of the Russian side against the Ukrainian citizens.
«Yelchenko in a letter to UN Secretary General: the Repression against Russian citizens of Ukraine are unprecedented. Urge member States of the UN to increase pressure on the aggressor», — is spoken in the message published in the microblog the permanent mission of Ukraine to the United Nations in the social network Twitter on Friday.
As noted in the copies of letters attached to the message, the appeal Yelchenko is based on the corresponding statement of the Ukrainian foreign Ministry made on Thursday. «I have the honour to attach a statement of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine in connection with the repression against the citizens of Ukraine from the Russian Federation. Would be grateful for assistance in presenting this letter as a document of the General Assembly as the PP. (C) section 68 of its 71st session, and Council of Safety», — stated in the text of the document.
As reported, the Ukrainian foreign Ministry has urged the States members of the United Nations to take further steps to strengthen pressure on Russia in connection with the violation of key provisions of a number of declarations and conventions in the field of human rights, including the continuation of illegal detentions, torture and repression of citizens of Ukraine.
In particular, emphasize the Ukrainian foreign Ministry, Russia continues the practice of torture and ill-treatment, unlawful detentions, searches, arrests and repression against the citizens of Ukraine. «Russia continues the systematic practice of unjustified refusals to Ukrainian consuls in granting permission to visit the Ukrainian political prisoners. There is compelling evidence regarding the systematic use against the citizens of Ukraine who are on the territory of Russia and in the occupied territories, the prohibited methods of interrogation, torture, methods of psychological pressure», — stated in the published document.
In recent times, have informed in the Ministry of foreign Affairs, the special aggravation acquired the situation of citizens of Ukraine, which by fraud has been involved in illegal schemes for the dissemination of narcotic substances on the territory of the Russian Federation. «Only this year in Russia for crimes in the sphere of drug trafficking was sentenced, almost a thousand of our compatriots, criminal cases, most of which are based on fabricated materials», — said in a statement.
The document also stresses that Russia continues to ignore undertaken in the framework of the Minsk agreements, the obligations to exchange the hostages on the principle of «all for all». Moreover, Ukrainian diplomats claim, the amount withheld for political reasons in Russia the Ukrainians are not only not decreased but rather has increased and now stands at at least 17 people. Also at least 27 citizens of Ukraine illegally detained or persecuted in occupied Crimea.
The foreign Ministry of Ukraine demands from the Russian Federation to immediately and without any additional conditions for the release of all illegally detained citizens of Ukraine, to stop the practice of political persecution and repressions against our compatriots.
Yelchenko called on the UN to increase pressure on Russia over repression against the citizens of Ukraine 30.12.2016