Peacekeepers in the Donbas and de-occupation of Crimea: key talking points at the UN Poroshenko
Wednesday, September 20, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko spoke during the open debate of the high-level UN security Council and took part in the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly. The President of Ukraine raised the issue of introduction of peacekeepers in Donbass, de-occupation of Crimea and Russia’s involvement to responsibility for the aggression against Ukraine.
Given the key points of the speeches Poroshenko.
THE MANDATE MIROTIC NEEDS TO COVER THE WHOLE TERRITORY OF THE OCCUPIED DONBASS
- “We will welcome any suggestion that will bring peace to our country. We are convinced that a full-fledged peacekeeping operation, the UN is the only effective solution to de-escalate, protect the people of Ukraine and for approaching us to a political settlement.”
- “The mandate of the peacekeepers to cover the entire occupied territory of Ukraine, including the Ukrainian-Russian state border, and is indispensable”.
- “While the border is being used by Russia as a key way for the supply of arms and personnel to the Donbas, until then there will be no peace in my country”.
Videoporoshenko at the summit of the UN security Council was told what to expect from the peacekeeping mission in the Donbass
EVIDENCE OF RUSSIA’S SUPPORT OF TERRORISTS ON DONBASS
- “As You well know, in 2014, Russia has begun armed aggression against Ukraine and occupied part of its territory. Russian mantra that “we are not there” does not hold water.
Have undeniable facts that Russia creates, manages, controls and finances the terrorists who act in the Donbass. This is just another proof is the identity of Russian officers and soldiers (the President showed military IDs of the Russian invaders), some of which is already in Ukrainian prisons for their illegal occupation of Ukrainian land. Three years Russian aggression has cost Ukraine more than 10 thousand killed and about 25 thousand wounded and nearly 1.8 million internally displaced persons.”
THE SITUATION WITH THE OCCUPIED CRIMEA
- “Occupied Crimean Peninsula, according to human rights activists, already has become a territory of repression. Who would dare to disagree with the Kremlin, risking his freedom and even life.
Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars are arrested even for the publication in social networks, or, as happened in the case of the Crimean farmer Vladimir Baloga in December 2016 – for hanging the Ukrainian national flag at a private home.
Continuing persecution of leaders Majilis – Executive body of the Crimean Tatars, whose activity is prohibited in the Russian occupation authorities”.
- “The international community must closely monitor the situation in Crimea to prevent a new genocide against the Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians, inspired by the modern advocates of Stalin’s totalitarian ideology.”
- The militarization of Crimea is another security challenge that affects all of southern and Eastern Europe, North Africa and the middle East. Ukraine strongly condemns the numerous military exercises, which are held in Crimea and near Ukraine’s borders, especially the “West – 2017”.
ON THE SITUATION IN THE DONBASS
- “The state of human rights and the security situation in the Donbas is no less dramatic than in the Crimea. This year Ukraine has initiated three significant attempts at the beginning of the ceasefire – on the occasion of Easter, harvest and school truce. However, Russian occupation troops and their puppets again all of them broke.
In violation of the Minsk agreements, Russia continues to send regular forces to deliver heavy weapons and ammunition by the occupying forces on the territory of certain districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions.
She unceremoniously rejects the establishment of a constant monitoring of the OSCE over the border between Ukraine and Russia. The question of liberation of hostages in the framework of the Minsk process was at a standstill. The list of Ukrainian hostages in the Donbas is growing. People are kidnapped on purpose. Their only fault is Pro-Ukrainian position”.
THE DEATH OF THE VICTIMS OF FLIGHT MH17 – ON THE CONSCIENCE OF RUSSIA
- “Three years ago, the world was shocked by whisking in the sky over Donbass Malaysian airlines flight MH 17 with 298-Yu people on Board. Ukraine is determined to do everything possible to bring to justice all involved in this mass murder.
There are two investigations – criminal and technical. Both revealed specific details. Those who were behind this horrific crime came from Russia. The missile was delivered from Russia. The death of the victims of flight MH17 on the conscience of Russia”.
CONDEMNATION OF THE DPRK NUCLEAR TEST
- “In the name of peace in exchange for security assurances, Ukraine gave up its world’s third-largest nuclear Arsenal. Twenty years after Ukraine was invaded by the one who promised to respect and (when necessary) to protect the state border of Ukraine. However, we remain strong supporters of the global non-proliferation and disarmament.
Therefore, we strongly condemn the nuclear test and multiple missile launches carried out by North Korea”.
- “Let me reiterate the call of the UN Security Council to conduct a detailed investigation into the development of nuclear and missile programs of North Korea with the aim of identifying any possible external aid to Pyongyang in this area.”
THE RECOGNITION OF THE HOLODOMOR AS GENOCIDE
- “The 72nd session of the General Assembly coincides with the 85th anniversary of one of the deadliest crimes of the twentieth century – the Holodomor. It was an artificial famine in Ukraine in 1932-1933, organized by the totalitarian regime of Stalin, which led to the deaths of 7 to 10 million Ukrainians.
Dr. Raphael Lemkin, the author of the Convention on the prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948, called the destruction of the Ukrainian nation as a “classic example of genocide”.
I urge member States of the UN to adopt its own historic decision on recognition of Holodomor as act of genocide“.