Iryna Herashchenko, The First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada discussed with the representatives of US Department of State and US Defense Department the issue of the release of hostages and political prisoners of the Kremlin, as well as the violation of human rights in the occupied territories of Ukraine.

“The key topics, as usual, are the security and humanitarian situation in the Donbas and Crimea, human rights violations in the occupied territories and the strengthening of our security,“ Herashchenko stated.

Herashchenko noted that she met with the advisers of Kurt Volker, Special Representative for Ukraine, Wess Mitchell, Assistant Secretary of State and Laura Cooper, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of US Defense For Ukraine.

Earlier, QHA reported that the human rights issue in the occupied territories of Ukraine had worsened over the past year. Thus, in particular, the Russian Federation continues to increase its pressure in the Crimea. The economic situation has also deteriorated in the occupied parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Previously, the German government stated that it condemned the annexation of the Ukrainian Crimea and the violation of human rights on the peninsula. The German government is constantly pointing out these facts to the Russian colleagues. The department stressed that they were "categorically advocating the restoration of the rule of law and the protection of human rights in the Crimea".