Council of Europe calls on Russia to stop funding militants in Donetsk and Luhansk regions

Council of Europe calls on Russia to stop funding militants in Donetsk and Luhansk regions

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The Committee on Migration of the Council of Europe calls on the Russian authorities to cease all financial and military support to the illegal armed groups in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, ensure the respect for human rights in Crimea and ensure unhindered access of the international organizations to Crimea.

This is stated in the draft resolution adopted by the Committee on Wednesday.

"The adopted text calls on Russian authorities to cease all financial and military support to the illegal armed groups in the Donetsk and Luhansk region, ensure the respect of human rights and security of all the people living in annexed Crimea and ensure unhindered access to annexed Crimea to international organisations ," the document reads.

The draft resolution was adopted on the basis of the report prepared by MP Egidijus Vareikis (Lithuania, EPP/CD).

The Committee called on all member states “to use their joint political efforts to put an end to this conflict and the sufferings of the civil population”. All sides of the war should “release and exchange all prisoners of war and people captured during the war”, respect the civilian nature of infrastructure and ensure the protection of civilians and their full access to essential services.

"The Ukrainian authorities should bring the Criminal Code in line with the provisions of international humanitarian law, adopt legislation on humanitarian demining actions and revise the law on humanitarian assistance to facilitate the procedure of delivery of humanitarian assistance to the war affected territories," the Committee stressed.

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