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Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopts Resolution "On Address of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to foreign parliaments, parliamentary assemblies and international organizations as to condemnation of ongoing aggression of Russian Federation against Ukraine"
20 February 2016 09:00

"Placing special emphasis on respect to the Charter of the United Nations, Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, European Convention on Human Rights of 1950, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 1966, International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination of 1965, Helsinki Final Act of 1975, Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, United Nations General Assembly Resolution 68/262 "Territorial integrity of Ukraine" of March 27, 2014,"

Stressing that the respect to state sovereignty and territorial integrity, maintenance of international peace and security, development of friendly and equitable relationship between the states is the fundamental of international relations and international law,

Highlighting that the observance of major civil and human rights and freedoms is the fundamental duty of every state, and their violation — unacceptable and should be unanimously condemned by the world community,

Strongly condemning the ongoing armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine started on February 20, 2014 on the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol through forceful seizure of a part of the Ukrainian territory by units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, organization and holding of unlawful 'referendum,' artificial creation of illegal local bodies of power reporting to the Kremlin,

Emphasizing Ukraine's respect to the terms of the international law and human rights and freedoms,

Expressing considerable concerns over systemic, well-directed and large-scale nature of violations of fundamental human rights and freedoms by the Russian occupation authorities in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, some districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions,

Condemning political and national motivation of persecution and restriction of civil and political, socioeconomic rights of Ukrainian citizens on temporarily occupied territories,

Underlining unacceptability of restriction of property, language, religious and other rights of national minorities and indigenous peoples of Ukraine, in particular, the Crimean Tatars,

Condemning the policy of the Russian occupation authorities with unlawful confiscation of state property of Ukraine and private property of Ukrainian citizens living on temporarily occupied territories,

Highlighting lawlessness and inhumanity of actions of the Russian occupation authorities, which realize the policy of total terror against dissidents, national and religious communities both on the territory of the Russian Federation and on occupied territories of Ukraine,

Acknowledging the risk of consolidation of authoritarianism and dictatorship in the Russian Federation as well as the risk of its further aggression and terror in Ukraine and all over the world

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine:

demands that the Russian Federation immediately stop occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, some districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions;

calls on the Russian Federation to abort the ongoing practice of kidnapping, unlawful detentions and arrests of Ukrainian citizens, abolish the ban on entrance of representatives of the Crimean Tatar people to the Crimean peninsula, violation of free speech and mass media organizations rights, restriction of the freedom of conscience and peaceful gatherings;

demands that the Russian Federation stop actions directly or indirectly aimed at financing of illegal armed units on its territories and on the territory of Ukraine, sending of heavy military hardware, ammunition to Ukraine, organization of training and financing of terrorists, and implement the requirements of the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 68/262 "Territorial integrity of Ukraine" of March 27, 2014, provisions of the Minsk agreements and a complex of measures on their implementation of February 12, 2015 in full;

calls on the world community to condemn violence of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine and assist in enhancement of political-diplomatic pressure on the Russian occupation authorities aiming to restore Ukraine's jurisdiction within its international-recognized borders;

demands that the Russian Federation immediately release all political prisoners — residents of Crimea; observe rulings of the European Court of Human Rights; ensure and assist unhampered access of international missions and human rights organizations to the territory of Crimea to provide permanent monitoring and supervision in the field of protection of human rights and freedoms on the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol;

calls on the world community to continue exerting pressure on the Russian Federation as a country, which does violate the UN Charter, Memorandum on Security Assurances in connection with the Republic of Belarus'/Republic of Kazakhstan's/Ukraine's accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons of December 5, 1994 (Budapest Memorandum), Helsinki Final Act of 1975, International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism of 1999 until final return of this state into the international-legal terrain;

welcomes European Parliament Resolution of February 4, 2016, which strongly condemns illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol and pointed out critical situation with the observance of human rights on the peninsula, systemic attacks of the Russian occupation authorities on the fundamental rights and freedoms of all dissidents to its policy, first of all the Crimean Tatars and ethnic Ukrainians,

supports the position of the European Parliament to launch international negotiating mechanism on restoration of Ukraine's sovereignty via the de-occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol in the 'Geneva plus' format with direct involvement of the European Union's institutions in the process.

People's deputies of Ukraine

B.Tarasiuk,

I.Klympush-Tsyntsadze,

H.Hopko,

S.Zalishchuk,

I.Huz,

I.Lutsenko,

V.Ariyev."

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