One of the new features of the next UN General Assembly resolution on the Crimea will be the inclusion of the issue of political prisoners kept in the Crimea and Russia. Ukraine's Permanent representative to the UN Volodymyr Yelchenko made a corresponding statement on August 28 in Kyiv, the QHA correspondent reports.
“This year's resolution will have several new elements. The main one is the issue of political prisoners, who are kept both in the Crimea and in Russia. But, unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of those 70 our prisoners on conditional lists are Crimeans, starting with Oleg Sentsov. We did not have these provisions in last year's decisions and now we will include them in a new text," Yelchenko said.
According to the diplomat, Ukraine is seeking the most stringent wording, condemning the actions of the Russian Federation, even if it leads to a decrease in the number of supporting votes.
“Our Crimean resolution, which has traditionally been adopted for the third time, is constantly strengthening. Some countries are chasing the number of co-authors and supporting votes, but they sacrifice the content of decisions that are being eroded and become so universal that it is difficult to understand what is at stake. We took the absolutely opposite path," the diplomat noted.
Earlier, on June 18, Ukraine's Permanent Representative to the UN, Volodymyr Yelchenko, handed the list of Ukrainian political prisoners to the UN Secretary General António Guterres.