During the 2015 the occupied territory of Donetsk region was officially visited by several foreign delegations from Europe. In publicly the representatives of France, Czech Republic, Italy and Germany declared about their trips to ORDO («certain areas of the Donetsk region»).
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The delegation of the German Left Party «Die Linke», deputies of the Bundestag Andrey Gun'ko and Wolfgang Gerke visited occupied Donetsk twice in 2015. In February, they together with the deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation from the Rostov region, Communist Vladimir Bessonov visited the occupied territory of Donetsk region. They crossed the boundary line from the side of Russia. The second visit of German deputies was in November. They stated that the purpose of travel is the delivery of humanitarian assistance and to familiarize with the situation in the Donbas. However, the German delegation has managed to meet with the head of the «DPR» Alexander Zakharchenko.
Then the Ukrainian Embassy in Berlin sent a protest note to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany.
Representatives of the public and human rights organizations such as «Vostok SOS», Crimean Human Rights Center «Deystvie» and the Human Rights Center «Postup» has appealed to the Security Service of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to recognize the deputies of the Bundestag as persona non grata.
«It is worth noting that the party's position with regard to Ukraine is threatening to the territorial integrity of our state. So, the «referendum» in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea was attended by Hikmat Al-Sabta from the Left Party of Germany. Party leader Gregor Gysi made an open statement in support of the Crimean «referendum», deputy head of the «Die Linke» fraction Sahra Wagenknecht called for the lifting of sanctions against the Russian Federation in one of her speeches in the Bundestag «, - noted in the appealing of public men.
The SBU reported that criminal proceedings have been opened for this cause.
«Let me remind you that responsibility for such crime is provided in the form of imprisonment for a term of 3 to 5 years, with deprivation of right to hold specific posts or engage in certain activities for up to 3 years with confiscation of vehicles,» - wrote the People's Deputy Georgiy Logvinskiy who sent a request to the Security Service of Ukraine on the fact of Gun'ko actions.
In December of the last year ORDO was visited by the Communists from Czech Republic Zdenek Ondrášek and Stanislav Makovik. They came in the occupied Donetsk across the Russian territory. The fact that Ondrášek was declared as persona non grata in Ukraine and he was banned from entering our country. On December 15, 2015, he had tried to enter the Ukraine, but was stopped in the airport «Borispol» and sent back. Consequently, he crossed the Russian-Ukrainian border in points uncontrolled by the Ukrainian government.
Czech deputy Ondrášek is a member of the Commission for the Supervision of the Czech Security Service. Stanislav Matskalik is a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Defense.
The foreigners also met with members of the «DPR» who call themselves «ministers».
This visit has been responded by the Commissioner for the President on a peaceful settlement of the situation in the Donbas, a member of the humanitarian subgroup of the tripartite contact group in Minsk Irina Gerashchenko.
«On behalf of the Committee of European integration and our political faction I expressed outrage by the recent visit of the Czech pro-Kremlin Communists to occupied Donbas as they entered the territory through uncontrolled areas of the Ukrainian-Russian border in violation of all international norms,» - wrote Gerashchenko in her Facebook page.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry also responded to the visit of the Czech delegation.
«We urge the Czech government, parliamentary and public circles publicly to dissociate themselves from such provocations which are regarded by us as a sign of disrespect to the state sovereignty of Ukraine and the neglect of the official position of the Czech Republic and the European Union to condemn Russian aggression against Ukraine», - noted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
The position of law enforcement bodies regarding the incident is still unknown.
Media controlled by «DPR» often use foreign visits for manipulative purposes. Like that's a fact: they came, saw how the residents of Donbas suffer, said that Ukraine is guilty in all and took to «inform the compatriots about the truth». Moreover, they are often involved in the last in outside of their countries. It is important to add that «DPR» guests are pro-Kremlin Communists and nationalists from different countries.
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