The influence of Russia in the Donbas has significantly increased, PAZ

Влияние России на Донбассе значительно усилилось, - ПАСЕ

The influence of Russia in the Donbas has significantly increased, said the Rapporteur on the situation in Ukraine at the PACE Christina Zelenkova and Marieluise Beck yesterday on 19 April, during a hearing of the political and legal committees of the Assembly on the situation in the East of Ukraine, which took place in the framework of the PACE in Strasbourg, reports DW.

According to them, the escalation of the conflict in the East of Ukraine in recent years has increased markedly, and in such conditions we cannot talk about the elections in the Donbass.

“According to our information, the Kremlin created five “ministries” who actually run the so-called LNR and DND,” said Beck. She called the current situation in the occupied territories “hybrid annexation”, which became an inevitable consequence of the hybrid war that is being waged against Ukraine by Russia.

It is noted that Zelenkova and Beck, recently visited Kiev, Dnepropetrovsk and Mariupol.

The Council of Europe’s Commissioner for human rights Nils Muiznieks has confirmed that occupied territories have gradually, but inexorably moving under the influence of Russia and more and more isolated from the rest of Ukraine. “I have to sadly state that if it goes on like this, in the center of Europe there is a big gray zone where not to operate the mechanisms of human rights protection”, – shared his observations of the Commissioner.

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We will remind, at the PACE session introduced the report of Nemtsov, proving the participation of Russian troops in the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.