PACE: Russian scenario is worthy of a response

On April 9, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution condemning the actions of Russia on the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and denouncing Russian proposals for the federalization of Ukraine.

“The Assembly strongly condemns … Russian military aggression and the subsequent annexation of Crimea, which is in clear violation of the norms of international law, including the United Nations Charter, the OSCE Helsinki Act and the Statute and the basic principles of the Council of Europe… None of the arguments used by the Russian Federation to justify its actions hold true to facts and evidence,” states the PACE resolution adopted by the majority of votes.

In addition, PACE co-reporter on Ukraine, Marietta de Pourbaix-Lundin (Sweden), said that Ukraine should implement constitutional reform, decentralization of power with the delegation of considerable powers to local communities, but with a strong unitary state. The PACE resolution condemned Russia’s proposals for the federalization of Ukraine, as this “would substantially weaken the unity and stability of the country.”

It is noteworthy that quite by accident on the ballot day, U.S. intelligence released fresh data on the number of Russian troops near the Ukrainian borders. Apparently the figure of 80 thousand potential Russian invaders beneficially affected the result of the vote (according to the group Information Resistance, the number of troops still does not exceed 50 thousand).

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry also helped, he has previously stated that provocateurs and agents of the Russian intelligence services are participating in the clashes in eastern Ukraine, and were sent there to “wreak havoc.”

Also in the last few days, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, through the operational work of border guards and counter-intelligence in particular, in order to detain Russian spies, managed to bring to the international community information about the direct involvement of Russia to destabilize the situation, the organization of separatist protests in the east of Ukraine, as well as Putin’s intentions to seize the southeastern Ukrainian region.

Therefore, despite the pathetic attempts of the Russian delegation to add at least some of it’s suggestions to the PACE resolution, no one listened to Russian opinion.

Dmitry Tymchuk, Coordinator, Information Resistance

Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine