Ukraine officially informs Council of Europe about occupation of Donbas by Russia
Ukraine has officially announced in written form at international level that part of its territory in the east of the country has been occupied by Russia.
This is stipulated in the Declaration on Derogation from Certain Obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, which was approved by Ukraine's parliament on May 21, 2015, and posted on the official Web site of the Council of Europe, according to eurointegration.com.ua.
Kyiv has earlier reiterated that Crimea and Sevastopol are territory that is temporarily occupied by Russia by way of armed aggression.
A new letter signed by Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin says that the same status was assigned to some areas in Luhansk and Donetsk regions in eastern Ukraine.
"In view of armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine involving both regular Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and illegal armed groups guided, controlled and financed by the Russian Federation, an anti-terrorist operation (ATO) is being conducted by the units of the Security Service of Ukraine, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine and the Armed Forces of Ukraine since April 2014, on the territory of certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine," the document said.
"The Russian Federation, which actually occupies and exercises control over certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, is fully responsible for respect for and protection of human rights in these territories under international humanitarian law and international human rights law," it said.
Thus, Russia shall be made liable for any violation of the Convention in the ATO zone, Kyiv stressed.