1. Resolution “On the address of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to the parliaments of guarantor-states of Ukraine’s security and international organizations” in which Parliament of Ukraine, emphasizing the inadmissibility of acts of the Russian Federation, as a Permanent Member of the UN Security Council and connected with Ukraine in view of the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership, addressed parliaments of the guarantor-states, parties to the Budapest Memorandum and international organizations with a call to:
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine also invited the UN, the OSCE, the Council of Europe, the European Union, NATO, the CIS and other interested international structures to organize visiting sessions of their bodies in Ukraine, advanced the initiative to establish a group for holding negotiations with Russia, in view of normalizing relations with the Russian Federation and de-escalation of situation in Europe, called on to demonstrate solidarity with the Ukrainian people and protect sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine as well as emphasized that indulgence to military actions against Ukraine can have irreparable consequences for the whole world order.
2. Resolution “On the Statement of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine” in which, stressing that the Autonomous Republic of Crimea is the integral part of Ukraine, which is subject to the scope of the Constitution of Ukraine and the laws of Ukraine, demanded the Russian Side to provide strict implementation of the framework Agreements on the stay of Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine, particularly, withdrawal of troops to the places of their deployment and the President of the Russian Federation V.V. Putin not to allow bring Armed Forces of the Russian Federation into the territory of Ukraine.
3. Resolution “On the support of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other military formations of Ukraine” in which, in particular:
- Expressed full solidarity and extensive support to the Armed Forces of Ukraine;
- Unconditionally upheld the decision of the National Security and Defense Council, adopted on March 1, 2014;
- Instructed the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine to take urgent measures for refining material and financial provision for all needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
On March 2, 2014 by the Decree of Acting President of Ukraine, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine O.V. Turchynov the decision of the National Security and Defense Council from March 1, 2014 “On the urgent measures to ensure national security, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine” was enacted. According to the decision there will be immediately taken the following steps:
- Bringing the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other military formations of our country in a full combat readiness;
- Holding of military staff training meetings in the necessary quantities at the time and dates specified by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine;
- Allocating necessary financial, logistical and other resources for the proper ensuring security, rights and interests of citizens of Ukraine as well as sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of state borders of Ukraine;
- Providing enhanced security of energy and critical infrastructure facilities of Ukraine;
- Setting up an operational headquarters for response to the situation in Crimea and Sevastopol chaired by the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.
At the same time it is especially important that in Ukraine all efforts are used to prevent large-scale direct Russian intervention and the outbreak of acts of war on the territory of our country.
However, messages of the Russian Side about violations of rights and interests of Russian-speaking citizens of Ukraine and oppression of Russians in our country are absolutely not true.
Ukraine shows full commitment and openness to cooperation with international partners to send special monitoring missions to Ukraine to study the situation “on the ground”.
Two years ago Ukraine face unbelievable aggression and violating the norms of international law, which no one could imagine in 21 st. Today Russian occupation of the Crimean peninsula continue to pose direct threats to not only the norms and standards of the international law. For the second time in modern history, Crimean Tatars were deported. Almost 20,000 Crimean Tatars left their native land and those still residing in Crimea are subject to politically motivated suppressions. 11 Ukrainian citizens are illegally detained in Russia, 7 of whom have already been imprisoned.
On 18-20 May 1944, more than a quarter of a million of Crimean Tatars fell victims of Stalin’s USSR criminal policies. Deportation of Crimean Tatars has become a dark page in world’s history, crime of the Soviet system that targeted a series of USSR nations; among them were Crimean Tatars – whose children and elderly were accused of “treason”. But the reality was quite different. In its fight against the Nazis, not only legendary Crimean Tatar servicemen such as Amet-Khan Sultan, but many other Soviet soldiers – Crimean Tatars, bravely fought. Their names are forever enshrined in the glorious pages of the Memory Book of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and WWII warriors.
The seminar was held in Crawford School of Public Policy and was dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster. The discussion draw attention not only to the consequences and lessons of the terrible tragedies in Chernobyl and Fukushima, but also the consequences of loss of control over nuclear material due to the occupation of Russian Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, consequences of armed conflict against the State in whose territory the nuclear power plant.It was also a timely opportunity to review the outcomes of the 4th Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, and the soon findings of the South Australian Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission.Key experts in nuclear security and disarmament, representatives of the Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Australia, including Chancellor of the Australian National University; former Foreign Minister of Australia; and former Co-Chair of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, 2008-10 Gareth Evans, stressed the importance of compliance with existing obligations' commitments to non-proliferation and nuclear security guarantee.Ambassador of Ukraine Dr.Mykola Kulinich in his speech underlined that Ukraine is one of the evident case which is appropriate to all nuclear related issues - nuclear safety, nuclear security and nuclear arms control.The main points of his speech:• even “peaceful nuke” can be dangerous and can provoke unexpected harm, disregard of the level of technology and state of economic development of the country;• direct involvement of international community in any accident on NPP is needed;• important point in the emergency response is to develop trusting relationship with the public;• Ukrainian government continues to ensure safety at the site and complete construction of a new secure cover Chernobyl New Safe Confinement over the melted reactor using the assistance of international donors;• the issue of nuclear wastes goes out of the national borders and touch upon even non-nuclear states;• commitments and guaranties of nuclear states to non-nuclear must be kept.Ambassador of Finland to Australia Pasi Patokallio stressed that nuclear power has a future while operating responsibly.In their turn Australian nuclear and security officials underlined that Australia takes responsible position on contributing to nuclear security issues. Key elements of which are:• donation to the IAEA's Nuclear Security Fund (over AU$2.4 million since its inception);• conducting exercise "Kangaroo Harbour" (will demonstrate best practices in issuing and responding to notifications and assistance requests to increase nuclear detection, nuclear forensics and emergency response involving the threat and use of radioactive materials in a terrorist attack in May);• chairing of the GICNT Nuclear Forensics working group;• request for a follow-up IPPAS mission in 2017;• the ANSTO-IAEA Collaborating Centre Agreement on multi-analytical techniques;• Cooperation Agreement between Australia and Ukraine on the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy which can assist in contributing to Ukraine's security of energy supplies.Summarizing the event Prof Ramesh Thakur - Director of the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, Crawford School, Australian National University; and Co-Convenor, Asia Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation & Disarmament underlined;• Every nuclear accident generates public anxiety and questioning of the balance of benefit from nuclear power;• the future of nuclear energy is not just linked to safety issues and climate change• All big-ticket policy challenges, including nuclear issues, are global in scope and require concerted multilateral action to resolve them• nuclear security is important issues especially in a time of extremist terrorist activity• “Iran case” сan work for North Korea;• there has been a shift from the pure power towards the norms as the pivot on which history turns. In today’s highly globalised and interdependent world, great powers can still escape international enforcement measures for errant behaviour, but they cannot escape reputational damage with practical foreign policy consequences for violating international laws and norms, such as the Budapest MemorandumThe seminar was not only a timely opportunity to review the lessons of Chornobyl and Fukushima, the outcomes of the 4th Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, and Australian approaches on contributing to nuclear security issues.
The event was held with financial support of Ukrainian cooperative union Dnister.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expresses strong and resolute protest with regards to so called “verdict” of the so called “Russian court” sentencing Ms. Nadiya Savchenko, citizen of Ukraine, member of Ukrainian Parliament and member of PACE to 22 years in prison.