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IPU President & Secretary General’s Statement on developments in Ukraine

We strongly condemn the Russian President’s decision to recognise the independence of the separatist regions Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine. This is a violation of internationally recognized borders and constitutes a breach in the territorial sovereignty of Ukraine, a fully-fledged IPU Member since 1999.
We urge all parties to refrain from any use of force. We call again for restraint and de-escalation to give diplomacy a chance. Any disputes must be settled by dialogue and peaceful means in the interests of all the people in the region.
IPU President Duarte Pacheco
IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong
IPU Secretariat