Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

The Comment concerning the draft law on the full Commodity blockade of the occupied territories

04 June 2015
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Yesterday, on the 3rd of June, on the background of another brutal shelling of the Donbass civilians, in the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada was registered the draft law on the full Commodity blockade of the occupied territories.

We recall that in January 2015 there was introduced an admission regime to the territory of Donbass, and all transport links with Ukraine were almost completely been discontinued.

Despite international community discontent, the Kiev government did not stop, and on the 18th of February were halted gas supplies to the area of “antiterrorist operation”.

Over the past six months it has been a multitude of draft laws that violate the rights and freedoms of citizens of both Ukraine and the Republics. Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not see even the attempts by the international community to stop the official Kiev.

The most cynical violation of all existing norms and principles of international law was the decree "On the approval of the application for withdrawal of Ukraine from the obligations set out by the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the European Social Charter (revised)".

Today, against the backdrop of the complete destruction of the Donbass infrastructure and massacres of civilians, there was introduced the Commodity blockade of the Republic. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterates that genocide is deliberately inflicting conditions of life with the aim to bring about physical destruction, which is what is happening now in the Donbas.

We call on the international community and the UN Security Council to create the International Criminal Tribunal for the victims of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in the Donbass.