Rada statement on Russia calculated for impact in Europe - DNR's Purgin

The leadership of the self-proclaimed Donetsk republic (DPR) has criticized the Ukrainian parliament's statement "On the Rebuff to the Russian Armed Aggression," as being of no political relevance.

The leadership of the self-proclaimed Donetsk republic (DNR) has criticized the Ukrainian parliament's statement "On the Rebuff to the Russian Armed Aggression," as being of no political relevance.

"This statement has not even the status of a bill. It's a mere publicity stunt calculated to keep Europe in the right mood. It's a waste one's breath. The resolution is of no legal relevance," speaker of the DPR, Andrei Purgin told reporters on Tuesday.

He said this document had been passed by the Verkhovna Rada specially for its impact on Europe.

The statement on the rebuff to the Russian military aggression and on measures to deal with the aftermath demands that Russia immediately remove all of its military formations from Ukraine and stop all forms of support for the armed opponents of the Kiev authorities in Donbass. The lawmakers also demanded that those guilty of planning and carrying out the aggression against Ukraine be brought to justice.

The statement also demands that Russia immediately free all POWs, hostages and illegally held Ukrainian citizens; unconditionally implement the Minsk accords dealing with the restoration of full government control over the Ukrainian state border, with guaranteed monitoring of the Ukrainian-Russian border and verification by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) with the concurrent creation of a safety zone in the Ukrainian and Russian border districts and guarantee of the observance of a state border regime all along the Ukrainian-Russian border.

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