This was announced by President Petro Poroshenko on the occasion of International Human Rights Day, Censor.NET reports citing the president's press service.
"I am sincerely grateful to our international partners, particularly the European Union, for their support of Ukraine in the demand to the Russian Federation for the immediate release of Ukrainian hostages, kept in the occupied territories and in Russian prisons," the president said.
Poroshenko hopes that the UN General Assembly will vote in favor of the resolution entitled "The human rights situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol (Ukraine)", which was adopted at the meeting of the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly.
"I hope that the UN General Assembly will support this document and denounce human rights violations, discriminatory measures and practices on the part of the Russian occupational authorities against inhabitants of annexed Crimea, including the Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians and persons belonging to other ethnic and religious groups," the statement reads.
The president emphasized that human and civil rights are one of the most important social values in Ukraine.
"In the context of Russia's aggression against Ukraine, the problem of the protection of human rights and freedoms is particularly acute and in this regard our country supports the entire civilized world," Poroshenko said.
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