OSCE PA condemns Russian aggression in Ukraine - declaration

21:40, 09 July 2017
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The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly at its 26th annual summer session in Minsk held July 5-9 included in its final declaration two resolutions on Ukraine condemning Russia’s ongoing hybrid aggression, the organization’s press service has told UNIAN.

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In particular, the Declaration has been adopted with the recommendations to national governments, parliaments, and the international community on contributing to the shaping of policies in political, economic, security, human rights, and environmental areas.

Besides, the Minsk Declaration includes two resolutions concerning the situation in Ukraine.

The Resolution titled Enhancing Mutual Trust and Co-Operation for Peace and Prosperity in the OSCE Region calls “for an end to military hostilities in Ukraine, the full withdrawal of heavy calibre weaponry by both sides."

At the same time, the OSCE PA "condemns numerous serious incidents of pressure, harassment and intimidation of the SMM monitors combined with the cases of deliberate destruction of the OSCE assets taking place in certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions controlled by the Russian hybrid forces, and urges the Russian Federation to take practical measures to ensure the necessary security conditions for the SMM, which will prevent further escalation of the situation."

Besides, the Assembly has called on Russia “as an occupying power in the Crimean Peninsula to remove any restrictions or other impediments that affect the freedom of movement of the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine and prevent its monitors from fulfilling their mandate.”

Read alsoOSCE PA recognizes Russia hybrid forces in control of occupied DonbasThe delegates also call on the Russian Federation “to restrain its aggressive practices and reverse its annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea."

Resolution titled “Restoration of the Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity of Ukraine says that the OSCE PA "reiterates its condemnation of the temporary occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation and the ongoing Russian hybrid aggression against Ukraine in Donbas."

The Assembly also "urges the Russian Federation to reverse the temporary occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, to withdraw the Russian occupation forces from the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol and to bring them back under the control of the Government of Ukraine."

At the same time, the OSCE PA "urges the Russian Federation to stop sponsoring terrorist activities in Ukraine through the inflow of fighters, money, and weapons across the non-Government controlled segment of the Ukrainian-Russian state border, and to terminate all support for illegal armed formations in certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine that engage in acts of terrorism in Ukraine."

In addition, the delegates call on Russia “to revoke its decisions on the recognition of so-called “documents” (passports, driving licences, birth certificates etc.) issued by illegal entities in certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine.”

The OSCE PA has also called on Russia to revoke its decision “on the full circulation of Russian currency in the temporarily occupied areas of Donbas region of Ukraine, and to return seized Ukrainian local, state, and private economic entities into Ukraine’s jurisdiction.”

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