Europe says Russia is systematically increasing its control of occupied Donbas
Russia has conducted a 'hybrid annexation' of the conflict territories in eastern Ukraine. It is a result of a proxy war the Kremlin declared against Kyiv.
This is according to the PACE rapporteur from Germany Marieluise Beck, reports Deutsche Welle.
"Russia's influence in Donbas has increased drastically. We have information that the Kremlin has created 5 "ministries" which control the so-called LPR and DPR", Beck said
The PACE rep insists recent escalation in eastern Ukraine allows for no possible elections in the nearest future. Beck adds the E.U. "is not interested enough" in what is going on in the country.
The Council of Europe officials also confirm that Donbas is becoming more and more isolated from Ukraine. Nils Muiznieks, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, says Russia is increasing its control of the territory.
Nils Muiznieks: "Sadly, I have to acknowledge that if the things continue to go this way, there will be a big "grey zone'" in Europe, where a mechanism for human protection doesn't exist".
Muzhnieks also condemns the persecutions of the Tatars in Russia-occupied Crimea. He calls on the world society to pay attention to the violations of human rights on the peninsula.