The 18th Winter Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly has started in Vienna. The leader of the Ukrainian opposition, Oleksandr Vilkul, discussed with the European partners the Plan for achieving peace through diplomacy and steps towards the economic revival of Ukraine.
Oleksandr Vilkul, the OPPOSITION BLOC presidential candidate in Ukraine, the member of the Permanent Delegation of the Verkhovna Rada to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, participated in a joint meeting of the three general committees, and also spoke at a meeting of the General Committee on Democracy and Human Rights. The focus of the committees is on security issues and ways to resolve existing conflicts, protection of human rights in emergency situations.
Oleksandr Vilkul presented to the international partners his position regarding the blockade of the Donbass, which is now being implemented by the Ukrainian authorities. The candidate also told European colleagues about his Peace Plan and legislative initiatives to lift the Donbass blockade. According to him, the blockade is a direct violation of the Constitution of Ukraine and the rights of Ukrainian citizens. In addition, having organized the blockade of the Donbas, the authorities violate obligations under the Minsk agreements.
Speaking at a meeting of the General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues, Oleksandr Vilkul said: “The first step towards peace in Ukraine is to lift the blockade of the Donbas – energy, economic, transport, and most importantly – humanitarian. It is necessary to restore the supply of food, pensions, social assistance payments. And here, in Vienna, we discussed with international partners, including my draft laws related to the lifting of the blockade of the Donbas, because they completely coincide with the position of the OSCE. There are won courts for the restoration of payments to residents of the region, which the current Ukrainian authorities ignore, because they benefit the war. They get political advantages from this, consolidating the radical part of the voters, and too much corruption in the war.”
In the OSCE, Oleksandr Vilkul’s position is approved as a whole, since, according to various OSCE representatives, people are the first to suffer from the Donbas blockade and this causes a huge socio-economic blow to Ukraine.
Many representatives of European countries also expressed the conviction that in conflict situations the authorities cannot block their own citizens and deprive them of their support. For European democracies, this is unacceptable, since, in spite of everything, in any problems and circumstances, the authorities of the country must do everything possible to protect the social, economic and humanitarian rights of their citizens.