Comment by the Russian Permanent Mission to the EU on the Resolution Adopted by the European Parliament on the Occasion of One Year since the Launch of the Special Military Operation

Submitted on Thu, 02/16/2023 - 16:25

On 16 February 2023, the European Parliament adopted a resolution “on one year of Russia’s invasion and war of aggression against Ukraine”. Another opus by MEPs is a paragon of disinformation. Not a single paragraph of the resolution is supported by any data, facts or evidence. At the same time, the MEPs pretend to be unaware of the Ukrainian legislative acts that infringe on the rights of national minorities and the Russian-speaking population, namely the laws on Education (2017), on Ensuring the Functioning of the Ukrainian Language as a State Language (2019), on Complete General Secondary Education (2020), on Indigenous Peoples of Ukraine (2021), and on the National Minorities of Ukraine (2022). The European Parliament also keeps silent on violations of international humanitarian law by the Ukrainian military, despite numerous videos of torture and abuse committed against Russian prisoners of war. We do not see any mention in the resolution of strikes by the armed forces of Ukraine against civilians and infrastructure, such as on 19 September and 15 December 2022 against residential areas in Donetsk, on 21 October 2022 against a civilian crossing alongside the Antonovsky bridge in Kherson, and on 28 January 2023 against a district hospital building in the town of Novoaidar, the Lugansk People’s Republic. No condemnation is made of the use of Nazi symbols in Ukraine.

Well, one may hardly expect a different approach from those in Strasbourg who, claiming to be defenders of the Ukrainian people, have indeed long put a stake on a war to the last Ukrainian.

Obviously, the resolution is aimed at deliberately misleading the European public and trying to justify the European Union's course to escalate the Ukrainian conflict and increase sanctions pressure on our country.