Foreign Ministry of Ukraine hopes that the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will urge Russia to release the political prisoners kept in Crimea and Russia as the ministry reported.

Ukraine expects that the PACE will urge Russia to leave annexed Crimea and stop occupation at the session on Equality and Nondiscrimination, where the situation toward the Crimean Tatars will be discussed.

"The unlawfulness actions of the Russian Federation in occupied Crimea is confirmed by in numerous reports of the international organizations, particularly in the recently published report of the UN Secretary-General on the situation with human rights in occupied Crimea. The significant volume of the violations and crimes of the country-occupant concern the Crimean Tatars. The situation with oppressions and repressions of this indigenous people needs a special attention and systematic response from the international organizations and the whole civilized international society," the message said.

Moreover, the Foreign Ministry expects that the PACE will urge Russia to adhere to all duties of the state-occupant in accordance with the international humanitarian law; to release Ukrainians kept in the territory of Russia and Crimea; to stop the forcible draft call and displacement of people all over Russia.

The Foreign Ministry states that "ambitious decisions on the return of Crimea, Ukraine will succeeded to restore the authority of the Council of Europe".

Earlier PACE stated that Russia is legally obligated to combat impunity and should ensure that investigators have access to Volodymyr Tsemakh - the suspect in the MH17 case.

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