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European Parliament demands Hague Tribunal to examine case of annexation of Crimea and Donbas

The European Parliament adopted a tough resolution with regard to the annexation of Crimea and the war in the east of Ukraine waged by Russia.

It is reported by Joinfo.ua with reference to the resolution adopted at the plenary session in Strasbourg.

"The European Parliament calls on the Ukrainian government to use all the tools at its disposal to investigate all war crimes committed on its territory; urges the international community, including the Hague Tribunal, to initiate an investigation into potential crimes committed during the illegal annexation of Crimea and the conflict in eastern Ukraine," the resolution reads.

In addition, the European Parliament condemned the human rights violations in Crimea, which have become a permanent phenomenon of the peninsula after the occupation by the Russian troops, noting that in Crimea intimidation is thriving, the number of enforced disappearances is growing, censorship is introduced, and there is noticed infringement of freedom of speech and harassment of minorities, in particular ethnic and national ones.

"The European Parliament condemns the systematic persecution of the Crimean Tatars, who took part in demonstrations in support of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, expresses solidarity with them and calls on to improve the situation," the document says.

MEPs also called on the Russian authorities to immediately stop the persecution of the executive body of the Crimean Tatars – Majlis and demanded Russia to fully ensure respect for human rights in Crimea.

Earlier, it was reported that the European Parliament decided to exclude Russia from the list of strategic partners.