The European Parliament called on Russia to immediately release the Ukrainian prisoners of the Kremlin. The relevant resolution was supported by 458 MEPs

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Марина ПищулинаQHA media
18 July 2019, 15:24
Марина ПищулинаQHA media
18 July 2019, 15:24

The European Parliament approved a resolution on Russia regarding the Ukrainian political prisoners of the Kremlin and called on Moscow for their immediate release.

The Ukrainian mission at the European Union reported on the results of vote.

458 MEPs voted for the adoption of the document, 80 voted against, 89 abstained.

The text of the document was published on the website of the Ukrainian office at the European Union.

The resolution calls for the release of all citizens of Ukraine illegally detained both in Russia and in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, as well as to ensure their safe return, including the Ukrainian sailors captured in November 2018.

The resolution called on Russia "to publish a full list of prisoners held in the occupied territories of Ukraine in the Donbas and Luhansk, and to facilitate their contacts with families and lawyers."

Particular attention in the resolution is paid to the Ukrainians detained by Russia on espionage charges.

The European Parliament recalls with concern that many Russian court decisions regarding Ukrainian political prisoners are connected with espionage (including in the cases of Pavlo Hryb, Oleksiy Stohniy, Hlyb Shablia, Volodymyr Prishich, Volodymyr Dudka, Dmitry Shtyblikov, Yevhen Panov, Andriy Zakhtey, Valentin Vygivsky, Viktor Shur and Dmitry Dolhopolov), which recalls the repressive period from the 30s to the mid-50s of the last century, when many citizens of the then Soviet Union were detained and convicted on this basis, - the document stated.

Parliamentarians also reaffirmed their support for the European sanctions regime for violating human rights.

In March, the European Parliament adopted a resolution in which Russia was considered to be the main source of misinformation in Europe. Earlier, seven Members of the European Parliament wrote letters to Ukrainian political prisoners Roman Sushchenko and Volodymyr Balukh and demanded that Russia immediately release all Ukrainian political prisoners.