23 March 2018

OSCE PA recognises Russia hybrid forces in Donbas

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The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly at its annual summer session in Minsk has adopted a resolution supporting Ukraine, despite Russia’s protests, noting that the areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions beyond Kyiv’s control are in fact controlled by Russian hybrid forces. reports citing Unian news agency.

In the Resolution titled “Restoration of the Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity of Ukraine,” OSCE PA calls for an end to military hostilities in Ukraine, the full withdrawal of heavy calibre weaponry by both sides, and full access to the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission and humanitarian aid organisations. The Parliamentary Assembly “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.”

The delegates also reiterate support for the Package of Measures for the implementation of the Minsk Agreements, as well as the relevant OSCE PA resolutions addressing the crisis in and around Ukraine. Besides, the OSCE PA “underlines respect for the principles of the inviolability of frontiers and territorial integrity, peaceful settlement of disputes, equal rights, and self-determination of peoples as stated in the Helsinki Final Act, and calls on the Russian Federation to restrain its aggressive practices and reverse its annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.”

Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea in March 2014 after its troops had occupied the peninsula. An illegal referendum was held for Crimeans to decide on accession to Russia. De-facto Crimean authorities reported that allegedly 96.77% of the Crimean population had voted for joining Russia. Read also OSCE spots six Gvozdika howitzers in "DPR"-controlled areas On March 18, 2014, the so-called agreement on the accession of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol to Russia was signed in the Kremlin. The West did not recognise the annexation in response to which sanctions against Russia were introduced. Ukraine's parliament voted to designate February 20, 2014, as the official date when the temporary occupation of Crimea began.

2017.07.08 / 12:12
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