President of Ukraine

President on the release of Ukrainian hostages and reintegration of the occupied territories: This is the message to both Donbas and Crimea - you are an integral part of Ukraine and we will do our utmost to bring you back home as soon as possible

16 January 2018 - 22:25

President on the release of Ukrainian hostages and reintegration of the occupied territories: This is the message to both Donbas and Crimea - you are an integral part of Ukraine and we will do our utmost to bring you back home as soon as possible

President Petro Poroshenko underscores that the work on the liberation of the rest of the Ukrainian hostages in the occupied Donbas and Crimea, the political prisoners kept in Russian prisons, as well as on the reintegration of the occupied Ukrainian lands by peaceful and politically diplomatic means will be continued in 2018.

“This year we will be working to ensure that the rest of Ukrainian hostages from occupied Donbas and Crimea and political prisoners detained in Russia would also return to their homes in Ukraine at the earliest possible,” the Head of State noted in a meeting with the heads of diplomatic missions of foreign states and international organizations accredited in Ukraine.

The President emphasized: “We will keep paving the way for reintegration of the occupied Ukrainian lands by peaceful and politically diplomatic means”.

“This is the key message of the relevant law, which is being considered today in the Ukrainian parliament, upon my initiative. This is the message to both – Donbas and Crimea: you are an integral part of Ukraine and we will do our utmost to bring you back home as soon as possible,” the President noted. He is hopeful for the positive decision as regards this law.

The Head of State thanked all friends of Ukraine who voted in support of the UN GA Resolution on human rights in the occupied Crimea. “Every single nation. Thank you for this very strong position,” he said.

The President expressed special gratitude to the co-authors of the Resolution as partners of the International platform of de-occupation of Crimea, which took its shape and started its activity.

“Last year Ukraine finalised its non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council. I thank all partners with whom we worked in this format over two years. As a newly-elected member of the UN Human Rights Council for the next 3 years, Ukraine will use all available tools to counter violations of the human rights in the occupied territories and worldwide,” Petro Poroshenko stated and invited partners to work jointly in the framework of this key institution of the UN system in the field of human rights.