PACE calls on Russia to put end to Donbas war – adopted resolution

22:58, 23 January 2018
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The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has called on Russia to put an end to the Donbas war and stop the financial and military support of illegal armed units in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

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The Assembly called on all member States "to use their joint political efforts to put an end to this conflict and the sufferings of the civil population," reads a resolution, based on the report prepared by Egidijus Vareikis (Lithuania, EPP/CD).

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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 to international organizations.

All sides of the war should "release and exchange all prisoners of war and people captured during the war," respect the civilian nature of infrastructure and ensure the protection of civilians and their full access to essential services.

The Assembly also said it is alarmed by the humanitarian situation which is a consequence of the ongoing Russian war against Ukraine, which is taking place in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, and of the occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation.

According to the Assembly, more than 4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. The armed conflict has taken the lives of more than 10,000 people. The number of people injured during the war has reached more than 24,000. Besides, more than 1.6 million people are internally displaced and almost half a million people are seeking asylum in other countries.

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