In a Wednesday speech at the investment forum “Russia calling” speech, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia was “forced to protect the Russian speaking population in the Donbas.” Previously, the official position of the Russian authorities was to ensure that the conflict involved only Ukraine and the breakaway Republic.
Putin compared the situation in the East of Ukraine and Crimea: “We have, I want to emphasize this, had to protect the Russian speaking population in the Donbas.” In the same way, according to him, Russia was forced “to respond to the desire of people living in Crimea to rejoin the Russian Federation.”
Recall that in December 2015 the President has already stated that in the East of Ukraine there are “people who are dealing with certain issues, including in the military sphere,” but at the same time saying that we are not talking about the regular army. Later, these words said the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov declared that Putin was referring to volunteers.
Another statement by Putin about the conflict in the East of Ukraine was the phrase that there are fighting the local “miners and tractor drivers”.
Against this background, the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe yesterday adopted two resolutions on the situation in the East of Ukraine. The first of these, prepared by the Czech Deputy Christina Zelenkova, the discussion changed its name from “the Political consequences of the crisis in Ukraine” on the “Political implications of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.”
The second resolution was on the situation with human rights violations in the territories of the DNI and the LC and contains a line about what they “created, maintained and actually controlled by the Russian Federation.”
Recall that the Russian delegation has suspended its work in PACE after the deprivation of the right to vote in 2015.