During a meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in Kyiv on July 9, the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andryi Parubiy discussed the issue of Russian aggression against Ukraine and the violation of human rights in the occupied Crimea, according to the Verkhovna Rada website

Paruby thanked the UN Secretary-General for his active role in the time he was the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and for providing humanitarian assistance to Ukraine. The Head of the Verkhovna Rada emphasized that this assistance allowed to improve the lives of Ukrainians who had to leave their homes because of Russian aggression and move to different regions of Ukraine because of the annexation of the peninsula by Russia, as well as those who live in the front line zone.

Parubiy also informed Guterres of the situation with human rights in the Crimea and the Donbas, in particular, about the persecution of the Crimean Tatars, "who have been forced to leave their homeland for the second time".

“More than twenty thousand Crimean Tatars were forced to leave their homes. The persecution of the Crimean Tatars continues today. Ukraine is engaged in helping those people who left their homes, and in this UN assistance is invaluable.”

The Head of the Verkhovna Rada called the visit of the UN Secretary General to Ukraine a symbolic milestone:

“International support during the Russian aggression is extremely important for Ukraine. This is not only a Putin aggression against Ukraine, but a challenge to the entire world order after the Second World War. Our fellows on the front are defending not only Ukraine, but the entire free world. Almost every day the shelling continues and our soldiers perish at the forefront at the hands of the representatives of the Russian Federation military forces.”

In turn, the Secretary-General of the United Nations indicated the insufficient financial support for the internally displaced persons from the occupied Crimea and Donbas.

“I can only apologize for the fact that we may not have done enough, for the lack of solidarity at the international level in respect to providing financial needs of Ukraine, which faces such problems.”

The participants of the meeting also discussed the issue of the hostages’ release in the occupied territories and the observance of human rights on the territory of the Donbas.

PHOTO: Verkhovna Rada website