11:41 24.01.2018

PACE urges Russia to observe intl law in Crimea, Donbas

PACE urges Russia to observe intl law in Crimea, Donbas

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has approved a resolution expressing concern over the humanitarian situation in connection with the war in Ukraine, and also urged the Russian Federation to stop financial and military support for military formations in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions (ORDLO).

"The adopted text calls on Russian authorities to cease all financial and military support to the illegal armed groups in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, uphold all its obligations under applicable international law as an occupying power and to ensure respect for the human rights and the security of all people living in occupied Crimea and ensure unhindered access to annexed Crimea for international organizations," the Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons said on its page on Twitter on Wednesday.

The ministry also notes that in its resolution the Assembly expressed concern over the humanitarian situation in Ukraine caused by the war that the Russian Federation unleashed against Ukraine in the ORDLO and in connection with the occupation of Crimea.

At the same time, the organization recommends that Ukraine adopt legislation on humanitarian demining. The Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons reminds that the bills registered earlier in the parliament did not support the profile committee, and informs that they are working on the writing of the new project.

In addition, the PACE recommends that Ukraine review the law on humanitarian assistance, simplifying the procedure for delivering humanitarian aid to the territories affected by the war.

"The text of the resolution also says that the Ukrainian authorities should bring the Criminal Code in line with the provisions of international humanitarian law," the ministry said.

Earlier, member of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE, First Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Gerashchenko informed that the resolution had been adopted taking into account the amendments of the Ukrainian side."... with all our amendments, a resolution was adopted on the humanitarian consequences of the war in Ukraine, which once again recalls Russia's responsibility for a humanitarian catastrophe and systemic violations of human rights in Crimea and Donbas," she wrote on her Facebook page.

According to Gerashchenko, this resolution refers for the first time to the Verkhovna Rada's law voted last week "on reintegration as such, which tells the truth - that today Donbas is occupied by the Russian Federation, the Russian Federation is an aggressor country."

In addition, she stressed, all other amendments of the Ukrainian delegation concerning the requirement of immediate release of hostages and the inadmissibility of violation of their rights were adopted.

"Our amendment was also passed, with the proviso that the Russian Federation must comply with all previous resolutions concerning Crimea and Donbas," Gerashchenko said.

The text of the amended resolution has yet to be made public.

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