MFA calls on world to respond to massive repressions in Russian-occupied Ukrainian territories

Source : 112 Ukraine

Foreign Ministry says that Russian aggression has returned to lands of Ukraine political repression
13:09, 17 May 2020

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine calls on the international community to pay special attention to the massive and systematic repressions that have been taking place in the Ukrainian territories, occupied by Russia for the sixth consecutive year, and to take all measures to put an end to this. The Foreign Ministry stated on the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repression.

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For the recent sixth year, human rights of the Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar national communities have been massively violated in Crimea. Murders, kidnappings of activists, fabricated trials, illegal detentions, unjustified arrests, searches, intimidation. Currently, more than a hundred Ukrainian citizens are detained for political reasons in Russia and the occupied Crimea, most of them Crimean Tatars. The situation in the occupied areas of Donbas is even worse. Executions and killings of Ukrainian prisoners of war and local patriots, kidnappings, torture and humiliation have become commonplace here," the statement said.

As we reported before, May 17, Ukraine honors the memory of the victims of the totalitarian ideology in the Soviet Union. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky visited the Bykivnia Graves National Historic Memorial and took part in the measures dedicated to the Day of Remembrance of Victims of Political Repressions. The Head of State laid flowers at the mass grave, put an icon lamp, and honored the memory of the victims of totalitarianism near the central monument of the Bykivnia Graves. 

"The colossal scale of the crimes and their inhumane nature are shocking. Absolutely unnatural to both the laws of normal human existence and the social order of the civilized world. The totalitarian machine destroyed human lives and destinies on its way without hesitation," the President of Ukraine said.

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