The ECPM is gravely concerned over the extreme tension in eastern Ukraine and expresses its deepest condolences to the families of the victims of the clashes in Odessa, which led to a fire that killed over 40 people.
“We call on the Ukrainian Government to act carefully and responsibly to restore law and order in the regions of eastern Ukraine, and expect that they will investigate these events in an urgent manner to bring to justice those responsible for them”, ECPM Vice President George Rukhadze said.
According to him, when tens of thousands of Russian troops are massed near Ukraine’s eastern border, increased violence in the regions of eastern Ukraine might provide Moscow with a reason to invade.
The European Christian Political Movement reaffirms its support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and strongly condemns the occupation of Crimea and Russia’s attempt to stir up tension in Ukraine to destabilize the country.
“It is vital that there is an immediate de-escalation of tension in eastern Ukraine to allow the people of Ukraine to elect the future leader of the country on 25 May in a free and peaceful environment”, Rukhadze was quoted as saying.
ECPM welcomes the release of seven military observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), who had been held by separatist rebels in the eastern town of Slavyansk and calls on Russian authorities to contribute to decreasing the tension in the region.