The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution on the humanitarian consequences of the war in Ukraine, in which a scandalous law on ‘reintegration’ is condemned and Ukraine is demanded to reconsider it. And while the top Ukrainian media focus on the part of the document that is directed towards Russia, while ignoring the amendments on Ukraine, the reality does not change from this – Western ‘partners’ are not satisfied with the Ukrainian authorities.
What are the requirements for Ukraine put forward in the resolution? There are 16 in total, among them there are global system requirements, for example, bringing the Criminal and Criminal Procedural Codes into compliance with international norms, as well as claims for specific reasons, for example, Ukraine should simplify the procedure for the payment of pensions and social benefits to residents of the DPR and the LPR, and much more. In particular, the fourth subparagraph of the requirements to Ukraine states that it should “revise the Law “On the Specifics of State Policy for Ensuring State Sovereignty of Ukraine in Temporarily Occupied Territories in the Donetsk and Lugansk Regions,” so that it is based on the Minsk agreements and provides for full social protection and basic humanitarian needs of the civilian population in the temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.” As ex-speaker of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Oleg Voloshin noted, “this is the first international obstruction of the scandalous law, from which the coalition was so willing to throw out Minsk.”
If we translate everything that was said in the resolution from the diplomatic language to the universal one, Ukraine was once again called upon to implement the Minsk agreements.
Of course, whether Ukraine fulfils the PACE’s requirements is not known, because it ignored all the previous ones. As the speaker of the DPR parliament, Denis Pushilin, noted: “If PACE gets to oblige Ukraine to provide social protection for settlers and pay pensions to the inhabitants of the Donbass, this will be Europe’s first effective step to resolve the conflict.”
There are also requirements for Russia in the resolution, for example “to stop the financial and military support of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, as well as stop recognizing passports and other documents of the Republics.”
However, even the Ukrainian media note that not all European parliamentarians share the Ukrainian position on the resolution. Thus, the Slovak deputy L’uboš Blaha noted that “Ukrainian soldiers do not bring flowers to the Donbass”, and the representative of Great Britain said that a possible way to resolve the conflict could be the revision of Ukraine’s borders.
The only thing that is not in the resolution is appeals to the United States over the supply of lethal weapons to Ukraine. Although the receipt by the Ukrainian army of new weapons clearly will not improve the humanitarian situation in the Donbass. However, the half-heartedness of Europe’s policy is not new. Clearly, Europe pursues purely its goals, and the humanitarian situation in Ukraine and in the Donbas does not interest it. As they say, “just business, nothing personal.”
Vladimir Bidyovka, the DPR People’s Council deputy