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MEPs From European Parliament's Security And Defense Subcommittee Condemn Russian Aggression In Donbas

MEPs From European Parliament's Security And Defense Subcommittee Condemn Russian Aggression In Donbas

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Members of the European Parliament's Security and Defense Subcommittee have condemned Russia's aggression in Donbas.

The press service of the European Union's Delegation to Ukraine announced this in a statement, Ukrainian News reports.

According to the statement, the subcommittee's head Anna Elzbieta Fotyga visited Ukraine from November 1 to 4 jointly with Michael Gahler, Johannes van Baalen, and Klaus Buchner.

During the visit, they met with Parliament Speaker Andrii Parubyi and visited the Independence Square and Kramatorsk (Donetsk region).

"Members of the delegation condemned the illegal annexation of the Crimea and the Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine. The MEPs also called on all the EU institutions involved to implement visa liberalization for Ukrainian citizens," the statement said.

However, the delegation stressed the fundamental importance of successful completion of the ratification of the association agreement between Ukraine and the European Union.

According to the statement, the security situation in eastern Ukraine and the issue of visa liberalization were the main items on the agenda of the European Parliament during negotiations with the Ukrainian authorities in Kyiv and Kramatorsk.

"In addition, the delegation provided comprehensive information about the progress that has been achieved by the European Union Advisory Mission (EUAM) in Ukraine. Members of the delegation stressed the importance of this mission to the success of implementation of reforms in the area of public security," the statement said.

During the visit to Kramatorsk, the MEPs met with the governor of Donetsk region, officers of units operating in the area of ATO, and representatives of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine.

They also visited the Central Military Hospital in Dnipro.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Olena Zerkal has said that the issue of liberalization of the European Union's visas for Ukrainian citizens may be included on the agenda of the European Parliament's session scheduled for November 21-24.