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News

14 May 2018, 18:30

First Vice-Speaker: Release of Kremlin’s political prisoners, kept up afloat until then, should top coming OSCE's summer session

( Information Department of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Secretariat )

I.Herashchenko is hopeful that the issue of liberation of the Kremlin’s political prisoners and the Ukrainian hostages will take center stage at the Summer Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

On May 14, there has taken place a meeting of Iryna Herashchenko, the First Deputy Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, and George Tsereteli, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President.

The Ukrainian politician informed the British colleagues about the work of the Trilateral Contact Group’s working subgroups, the tense security, environmental and humanitarian situation in the Donbas and numerous violations of the human rights in the occupied Crimea. She also drew their attention to the fact that the so called “Easter truce” had then endured just for some ten minutes.

During the meeting, a special attention was there given to the issue of deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission in the Donbas.  The Ukrainian high-ranking politician also expressed her hopes for further bilateral cooperation in humanitarian demining.

Particular attention was paid to the issue of releasing the Kremlin’s hostages and political prisoners.  The representative of the TCG’s humanitarian subgroup remarked that the release process had in point of fact been blocked since January 2018. It was also notified that the Ukraine-offered swap of twenty-three Russian criminals convicted of committing crimes in Ukraine for the Ukrainian political prisoners held in Russia and the Crimea has not been of any effect yet.

According to I. Herashchenko, the pro-Ukrainian citizens of Ukraine detained in the occupied Crimea and the Russian Federation just for their political position are kept in a complete isolation, being deprived of any possible contacts with representatives of human rights movements, international missions, consular staff and even medical officers.

In this regard, the First Vice-Speaker proposed to elaborate at the OSCE PA Summer Session a special resolution targeted at calling on the Russian Federation to release the illegally detained Ukrainian citizens held in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine and in the Russian Federation.

She also remarked that on the eve of the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia, it is crucially important to remind Moscow every day of the Ukrainian hostages and persistent violations of rights of the Ukrainians living in the occupied territories.

In addition, the TCG humanitarian subgroup’s representative Iryna Herashchenko informed the delegates of reaching a deadlock in making a trilateral search mechanism for the missing people in the Donbas with the assistance of the International Red Cross, and of dragging out by the other side with launching the utterly important security check point “Zolote”.

The First Vice-Speaker hoped that the OSCE PA's Summer Session would also address the issue of the occupied Crimea.

Furthermore, I. Herashchenko drew the delegates’ attention to the fact that in the ODIHR’s (the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights) Russian presidential election statement was not there even a hint of mentioning the Crimea and Sevastopol being the territories occupied by the Russian Federation. The Ukrainian politician expressed her hope that such a gross violation of law of nations, namely the imitation of elections by one state in the territory of another state, should find a specific mention in the final report of such a reputable institution as the OSCE’s ODIHR. An appropriate parliamentary appeal resolution on the ODIHR’s election statement shall be approved before long.

In his turn, the President of the OSCE PA Georgе Tsereteli assured that the issues of Ukraine aimed at peaceful settlement of the situation in the Donbas still remain among top priorities to the Parliamentary Assembly.  He also noticed that the Crimea and the Donbas are clearly seen to be integral parts of Ukraine’s sovereignty by the OSCE. The President Tsereteli also informed the Ukrainian side upon the OSCE PA Donbas visit’s results that took place on May 12, 2018.  He stressed it is worth uniting to solve the problems of internally displaced persons in Ukraine, who were forced to leave their homes through a tense security situation there.

In the course of the meeting, Iryna Herashchenko together with Artur Herasymov, the chief of the UA Permanent delegation to the OSCE PA, and the OSCE delegates have tied in their positions in the run-up to the coming OSCE PA’s Summer Session.