The participants of the parliamentary hearings, discussing issues related to the non-fulfillment of UN Security Council Resolution №2202 (2015) on the situation in the east of Ukraine (hereinafter – the Resolution) by Ukraine, report about the following.
On February 17, 2015, the UN Security Council adopted a Resolution that approved the Package of measures is on the implementation of the Minsk agreements (hereinafter – the Package of measures) signed in Minsk on February 12, 2015, and called on both parties to the conflict to ensure the full implementation of the Package of measures including prescribed therein comprehensive cease fire.
The undoubted practical value lies in the Resolution granting the status of an obligatory document for implementation by two parties to non-international armed conflict in Donbass which envisages a peaceful settlement:
- in the security sector – immediate and comprehensive cease-fire and withdrawal of weapons;
- in the humanitarian sphere – the release and exchange of all hostages and illegally detained individuals on the basis of the principle “all for all”;
- in the economic sphere – the restoration of social and economic relations, including social transfers, such as pensions and other payments;
- in the political sphere – the introduction of the permanent law on the special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, the adoption of agreed with the representatives of these territories amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine, the enactment of a law prohibiting the prosecution and punishment of individuals in connection with the events that took place in Donbass, the coordination of modalities of the local elections and their conduct according to the OSCE standards and under the supervision of the OSCE ODIHR.
The Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic had taken all the necessary measures to ensure the ceasefire, the implementation of the arms’ withdrawal behind the set agreements lines, as well as the SMM OSCE’s unimpeded access throughout the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic. Representatives of the Donetsk People’s Republic in groups on fulfillment of the corresponding aspects of the Minsk agreements have provided all necessary draft documents for implementation of points of a political package of the Package of measures in several editions, exact lists of all hostages and illegally withheld persons have been provided for implementation of an exchange on a formula “all for all”, mechanisms of restoration of social and economic communications are developed and provided for discussion.
At the same time recently per day about 300-600 violations of “silence regime” by the Ukrainian side are recorded. Since the beginning of carrying out so-called ‘anti-terrorist operation’ more than 10 thousand people among whom there are more than 100 children died, 20 thousand objects of a social infrastructure are destroyed. Because of entered by the government of Ukraine transport and economic blockade the rights for free movement, for receiving pensions and other mandatory social payments are violated, the product price increased more than 2 times, including for essential commodities, hundreds of thousands of people lost their jobs and were put on the brink of survival. About 970 people, who expressed in some way the loyalty towards Donbass people, are still hostages, political prisoners and are illegally kept by secret services and the armed forces of Ukraine – the list of these persons was handed over to representatives of Ukraine in Minsk for an exchange on the principle “all for all”, but this exchange has not yet taken place due to the fuzzy data on the whereabouts of those individuals, and failure to provide accurate lists for exchange by Ukrainian side and other formal pretexts. Still the Ukrainian law d/d 16.09.2014 “On a special order of local self-government on certain territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions” does not work, its effective date is not defined, the law “On prevention of prosecution and punishment of participating persons of events in Donbass” is not fulfilled and not transferred to the signature, and the changes in the Constitution of Ukraine considering the special status of certain districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions are not accepted and are not coordinated, the official position of Ukraine on modalities of local elections in these territories is not provided for discussion and coordination.
On June 1, 2016, the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko declared the beginning of collecting the signatures under the Petition about non-fulfillment of the Resolution of the UN Security Council by Ukraine d/d 17.02.2015 “On approval of the Package of measures for implementation of the Minsk agreements”.
Today, less than in two months, more than 326 thousand signatures have been collected. Virtually every one of the signatories have suffered in some way from the Ukraine’s actions: some people have killed or wounded relatives, friends or neighbours, someone’s house is destroyed, and someone has lost their livelihood and cannot support their families, some worry for relatives who are illegally detained by the Ukrainian intelligence services.
The inhabitants of the Republic, who are driven to despair, initiated a creation of the public commissions on recording of crimes of the Ukrainian government in the territory of Donbass, and thousands of citizens address it daily. Thus, the number of the signatures collected under the Petition demonstrates that every day each resident of the Donetsk People’s Republic feels the non-fulfillment of the Package of measures by Ukraine by themselves.
Based on the above, as well as earnestly desiring the finishing of the armed conflict and returning in the shortest possible time of peace and tranquility in Donbass, as part of the people of the Donetsk People’s Republic, maintaining the requirements expressed in the collection of signatures under the petition of the failure of Ukraine’s commitments within the framework of the Minsk agreements, recognizing their responsibility for fair and unbiased coverage of the situation, the participants of the Parliamentary hearings
note that by day of carrying out hearings. Ukraine did not execute any of points of the Package of measures for implementation of the Minsk agreements of 12.02.2015 approved by the Resolution of the UN Security Council 2202 d/d 17.02.2015;
appeal to world community and the international organizations to put pressure upon negotiators in the “Normandy Format” as guarantors of realization of the Package of measures for the purpose of impact on the Ukrainian side for implementation of the undertaken obligations.