Ukraine asks foreign Parliaments to lean on Kremlin to save lives of POWs in Donbas
15:30, 18 February 2016

Ukraine asks foreign Parliaments to lean on Kremlin to save lives of POWs in Donbas

The Ukrainian Parliament approved two respective bills

15:30, 18 February 2016

The Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament, approved bills about Russian aggression and threats of pro-Kremlin militants to execute POWs in eastern Ukraine. 236 and 239 MPs, respectively, supported the bills (Radio Liberty). 

The Rada urges foreign parliaments to use all appropriate tools at governmental, parliamentary and non-governmental levels and send a strong signal to Russia that killings and extralegal executions are unacceptable.

The Parliament urged the world community “to continue pressure on the Russian Federation – the country that breaches the UN Statute and the Budapest Memorandum”, supporting the European Parliament’s offer to start Geneva Plus, the international negotiation mechanism to restore Ukraine’s sovereignty in Crimea, which would involve EU institutions.

Last week, Iryna Gherashchenko, Presidential Envoy on Peaceful Settlement of Donbas conflict, said Ukraine is preparing an official address to OSCE and the Red Cross to assess statements by pro-Kremlin mercenaries. They threatened to execute Ukrainian POWs.

Most recently, Russian media spread these statements where they said they’d either send Ukrainian hostages to prison for 30 years or execute them. 

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