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The 14th package of EU sanctions does not close all the loopholes through which Russia bypasses restrictions — MP

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The summer plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has commenced, featuring debates and voting on three resolutions concerning Ukraine. Yevheniia Kravchuk, Member of Parliament of Ukraine and part of the Ukrainian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly, discussed this on Hromadske Radio.

«We are initiating a resolution on the outcomes of the Peace Summit, with the application expected in a few days. The preparation of the text will follow, and Wednesday is designated as Ukrainian Day. We will address three resolutions already prepared on various Ukrainian topics.»

On 26 June, the Assembly will review a resolution titled «Countering the erasure of cultural identity in times of war and peace,» authored by Yevheniia Kravchuk.

«The likelihood of its adoption is high, having received unanimous support in the PACE Committee on Culture. This document is significant as the first to focus specifically on cultural identity erosion and destruction amid Ukrainian conflict. Previous discussions focused on human rights violations and political prisoners. Now, the spotlight is exclusively on cultural devastation and ‘cultural cleansing’ tactics used by Russia as a tool of war. This extends beyond monuments to include discarding Ukrainian books, altering curricula, confiscating archives, and cultural artifacts. Since 2014, hundreds of thousands of items have been taken from temporarily occupied territories, part of Russia’s genocidal policy against Ukraine.»

Kravchuk emphasized that this resolution contributes to building a foundation for future peace through understanding of the situation.

«Another critical aspect is the restoration and the appeal for assistance in Ukraine’s efforts to reclaim its cultural heritage. I am hopeful this will serve as a catalyst.»

Regarding another forthcoming resolution by Lisa Jasko titled «The role of sanctions in countering Russia’s aggressive war against Ukraine,» Kravchuk explained:

«PACE resolutions undergo lengthy preparation, and this resolution coincides with the 14th package of sanctions. It highlights that even though this latest package is stronger, there are gaps in the sanctions policy. Positive steps include sanctions on Western microchips in Russian missiles and restrictions on Russian LNG. Transit through EU countries is prohibited, but imports from Russia continue.»

Recently, on 24 June, the EU Council approved the 14th package of economic and individual restrictive measures in response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. This includes banning transshipment of Russian LNG within the EU for re-export purposes and imposing restrictions on new investments and provision of goods for Russian LNG projects.

Additionally, measures were introduced to prevent re-export of munitions crucial to Russian military systems found in Ukraine, requiring EU operators to implement due diligence mechanisms.

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