Statement on ongoing tensions in Ukraine

As JEF Europe,

We have watched the crisis in Ukraine unfold with unsettling concern as violent interventions against defenceless civilians were inflicted.

We condemn the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation and the violation of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, as it is a clear breach of international law.

We further condemn the fact that Russian military forces and insurgents supported by Russia are still deployed in Ukraine.

We have mourned the loss of 298 lives with the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17/ MAS17) as a consequence of this conflict.

We acknowledge that economic boycotts and obstacles to trade diminish the prospect of a workable resolution for a secure and prosperous Ukraine and thus regret that the DCFTA (Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement) has been postponed.

We are very concerned that any action endangering the peace-building process will cause the situation to rescind into a frozen conflict, an outcome that cannot be accepted.

We welcome the fact that civil confrontation of all parties has finally yielded to negotiations and a ceasefire agreement that still awaits its full implementation.

We welcome that the results of the parliamentary elections of October 26th 2014 demonstrate a clear pro-European consensus in Ukraine.

We call on Ukraine and Russia to facilitate the access of international observers to all regions in order to guarantee full transparency of the situation.

We urge all parties of the conflict and stakeholders to act constructively to peacefully resolve the situation in full respect of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

We call for the ceasefire to be implemented in its entirety and remain a lasting stance of devotion to the commitments made for a cooperative future that is the stake of all citizens in the region.

We call upon the Member States to act and speak with one voice with regards to the Ukrainian crisis and to not sideline EU foreign policy aims but to give it precedence over national foreign policy aims.

We call upon the EU to grant a clear European perspective for Ukraine and set out clear requirements for its accession to the EU.

We call upon the EU to grant sufficient technical, administrative and financial support to Ukraine in order to facilitate the fulfillment of these requirements.