"It is absolutely clear that there is no 'civil war' in the eastern regions of Ukraine. There are no religious or ethnic identity reasons for the conflict, as it was in other parts of the world," the document reads.
Christina Zelenkova stressed that many of her interlocutors said that it is rather the war between Russia and the West on the territory of Ukraine.
"Russia's participation is not limited to the supply of heavy weapons and militants but is also represented in the team composition and the process of political decision-making," the statement reads.
"Russia's participation is also recorded in the form of general information or propaganda war, which is no less dangerous than conventional war, hindering reconciliation and confidence-building. Ukrainian media are not present in the Donbas, and Russian propaganda demonstrates how neo-Nazis are fighting with peaceful people," Christina Zelenkova wrote.
PACE rapporteur has visited Kyiv, Sloviansk, Kramatorsk and Severodonetsk during her research.
She plans to prepare a draft report for consideration at a meeting of the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy in May or June, after which it can be put to a vote in the PACE session hall.