UN General Assembly to discuss occupied Donbas, Crimea

Source : 112 Ukraine

The session of the UN General Assembly will take place on February 20
13:00, 24 January 2019

Middle East Monitor

The UN General Assembly will hold a discussion on the situation in Donbas and Crimea occupied by Russia on February 20 as Interfax-Ukraine reported citing President Petro Poroshenko.

“On February 20, we will hold a discussion on the situation in occupied territories of Donbas and Crimea at UN General Assembly,” Poroshenko stated.

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According to the Ukrainian president, the issue will be about the initiative of the deployment of the UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas.

Poroshenko added that Ukraine needs the support of other countries on these issues at UN arena. He noted that the issue of the coordination of actions was raised during the meetings with the international leaders within the World Economic Forum, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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“I met with a big Chinese delegation; it also has big Ukrainian interest. China is also a permanent member of the UN Security Council,” the president said.

He emphasized that “we should be unanimous” and not allow Russia to interfere the Ukrainian proposals.

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In December 2018, the UN General Assembly endorsed the resolution ‘Situation with the human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol city, Ukraine’, earlier introduced by the official Kyiv authority. The UN document expresses deep concerns about the reports of torture by Russian prison workers and “beating out” testimony in politically motivated cases against defendants and other political prisoners. 

Besides, 37 people were arrested for political reasons in annexed Crimea in 2018.  According to human right activist’s information, the Russians opened 44 criminal cases for political reasons in Crimea last year.

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