Statement delivered by the Delegation of
Ukraine at the 1306 meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies, 7 February 2018,
like to respond to the statement of the Russian Delegation on the newly adopted
Law of Ukraine “On the Specifics of the State Policy on Ensuring State
Sovereignty of Ukraine over the Temporarily Occupied Territories in the Donetsk
and Luhansk regions”.
The Law is
based on two basic pillars – restoration of sovereignty and territorial
integrity over the occupied areas of Ukraine within its internationally
recognized borders and improvement of the mechanisms of resolving social and
economic issues to properly address respective needs of people in the conflict
does declare that Russia “is performing a criminal act of aggression” against
Ukraine, and “temporarily occupies a portion of its territory,” governing
Donbas with the help of the “occupation administration” controlled by Moscow.
There is nothing sensational in this recognition. The lawmakers have simply
called spade a spade.
the international community make peaceful efforts to ensure sustainable
de-escalation on the basis of the Minsk agreements. In its
turn, Russia demonstrates unwillingness to implement Minsk commitments,
beginning with the initial security provisions.
just three examples: many hopes were put on the so-called "Christmas"
truce. Yet, since 23 December 2017 the Ukrainian Side has recorded only one day
without suffering from shellings and other types of
violation of the ceasefire.
parallel track, starting from 1 January 2018, the Ukrainian side of the Joint
Centre for Control and Coordination sent 40 applications for repair and
restoration works. The other party gave security guarantees in only one single
statistics of restrictions of access for the OSCE SMM monitors also speaks for
itself. During the so-called "Christmas" armistice Russia-backed
illegal armed formations restricted the free movement of the monitors in 44
cases. On the territory, controlled by the Government of Ukraine, only 3
similar incidents were registered.
substance of this new Law makes it clear that Ukraine remains devoted to a
peaceful resolution in Donbas by politico-diplomatic means, with the ultimate
goal of restoring sovereignty and territorial integrity over the occupied areas
of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders, as it is stated in
article 4 of the document.
The law is
also an important step forward for our citizens, affected by this aggression.
Among other things, it:
rights, including property rights in the occupied territories, for internally
displaced persons and residents of these territories;
mechanisms for documenting violations of human rights and freedoms and proper
responding to such violations.
this law was a legitimate move, aimed at restoring peace and security in our
country. It does not contradict any of our international commitments, including