As reported by Censor.NET citing Ukrinform, this document will be discussed and voted at today's PACE session.
The draft document reads: "The Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy regrets that against a security situation that has deteriorated and in the absence of a sustainable ceasefire, there has been no progress in the implementation of the political aspects of the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements. It reiterates its support for a peaceful solution to the conflict and for the Minsk process and calls on the Russian Federation to withdraw its troops from the territory of Ukraine and stop military supplies to the separatists.
"The committee reaffirms its commitment to the territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognised borders. It regrets that, despite the continuing refusal of the international community to recognise the annexation of Crimea by Russia and the application of various types of sanctions against Russia and Russian citizens, not only has the annexation not been reversed, but the human rights situation in the peninsula continues to deteriorate.
"The report underlines that only a democratic Ukraine with stable, efficient and accountable institutions will be a strong and prosperous Ukraine capable of stopping external aggression and restoring peace and urges the Ukrainian authorities to take a number of measures," the draft resolution reads.
As for organization of local elections in Donbas," the Assembly underlines that for such elections to be in line with Ukrainian legislation and international standards on free and fair elections there is need to ensure: an improved security environment, following the withdrawal of troops and weapons, and safe storage of weapons under international supervision; the possibility for all Ukrainian parties to participate in the elections and for Ukrainian media to broadcast in Donbas during the campaign; and respect of the right of people from Donbas who are internally displaced in Ukraine or have sought asylum in the Russian Federation to take part in the vote."
The resolution also reiterates its condemnation of the illegal annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula in violation of the international law: " As regards Crimea, the Assembly reiterates its condemnation of the illegal annexation of the peninsula and its continuing integration into the Russian Federation, in breach of international law and the Statute of the Council of Europe. It regrets that, despite the continuing refusal of the international community to recognise Crimea's annexation by the Russian Federation and the application of various types of sanctions against the Russian Federation and Russian citizens, not only has the annexation not been reversed, but the human rights situation in the peninsula continues to deteriorate"
The Assembly also urged Council of Europe member States to do everything in their power to support the peace process in Ukraine so as to avoid a further escalation of violence, with dangerous consequences for civilians living in the conflict area, or the development into a "frozen" or "semi-frozen" conflict, prolonging instability and insecurity in Ukraine and the whole of Europe.
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