The Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy regrets that
against a security situation that has deteriorated and in the absence
of a sustainable ceasefire, there has been no progress in the implementation
of the political aspects of the Package of Measures for the Implementation
of the Minsk Agreements. It reiterates its support for a peaceful
solution to the conflict and for the Minsk process and calls on
the Russian Federation to withdraw its troops from the territory
of Ukraine and stop military supplies to the separatists.
The committee reaffirms its commitment to the territorial
integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognised borders.
It regrets that, despite the continuing refusal of the international
community to recognise the annexation of Crimea by Russia and the
application of various types of sanctions against Russia and Russian citizens,
not only has the annexation not been reversed, but the human rights
situation in the peninsula continues to deteriorate.
The report underlines that only a democratic Ukraine with
stable, efficient and accountable institutions will be a strong
and prosperous Ukraine capable of stopping external aggression and
restoring peace and urges the Ukrainian authorities to take a number