"Russia is an occupier! The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has adopted a decision recognizing certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions occupied by the Russian Federation. This is the victory of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE, which in the long term will increase Russia's responsibility for violating the norms of international law," PACE Vice President Volodymyr Ariev wrote on Facebook on Tuesday, April 24, Censor.NET reports citing UNIAN.
He also said PACE had taken into account the amendment of the Ukrainian delegation in the report "State of emergency: proportionality issues concerning derogations under Article 15 of the European Convention on Human Rights."
"It's a victory! An important amendment proposed by the Ukrainian delegation to PACE was adopted in the report 'State of emergency: proportionality issues concerning derogations under Article 15 of the European Convention on Human Rights,' and the Assembly voted to recognize the occupation by Russia of part of Donbas! Fairy tales about coal miners, tractor drivers and post exchanges are no longer part of international documents," Ariev added.
As reported by Interfax-Ukraine, representative of the Ukrainian delegation to the PACE Oleksii Honcharenko said on the air of the 112 Ukraine TV channel: "The Parliamentary Assembly has just supported the amendment by the Ukrainian delegation... to change the wording when describing the situation in the uncontrolled and occupied territory of Donbas – to replace the words non-government controlled territories' with the words territories under effective control by the Russian Federation'."
On April 23, Ariev said PACE had refused Ukraine's request to hold an urgent debate over the illegal election of the Russian president in occupied Crimea and other aspects of Russian policy.