Czech lawmakers back resolution declaring current Russian regime ‘terrorist’

16 November 2022, 04:53 PM
Czech lawmakers have passed a resolution declaring the current regime in Russia as “terrorist” (Photo:Jan Baborak/Unsplash)

Czech lawmakers have passed a resolution declaring the current regime in Russia as “terrorist” (Photo:Jan Baborak/Unsplash)

Czech lawmakers have passed a resolution declaring the current regime in Russia as “terrorist” in response to attacks on civilians in Ukraine, the Czech Parliament’s Chamber of Deputies reported on Nov. 16.

In total, 129 Czech lawmakers backed the document, while 14 voted against it.

In particular, they condemned large-scale attacks on the Ukrainian civilian population and the country’s energy infrastructure.

The final version of the resolution contains seven points, which states that the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic

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  • condemns Russian aggression in Ukraine;
  • condemns, in particular, large-scale attacks on civilians, civilian objects and key energy infrastructure, which are a clear attempt to achieve political objectives by intimidating the civilian population and are consistent with terrorist methods;
  • notes that these attacks cause widespread reduction or interruption of electricity, water or heat supplies, putting civilians at risk. The shelling and deployment of military units at the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant pose a threat not only to Ukraine. Direct or indirect threats to use nuclear weapons, as well as false accusations that Ukraine is planning to use weapons of mass destruction, are a dangerous escalation of tensions and a threat to European security;
  • characterizes the current Russian regime as terrorist, in line with a resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE);
  • does not recognize the results of the sham referendums held by Russia on the sovereign territory of Ukraine in Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhya oblasts, which are aimed at the legitimization of the Russian aggression and the annexation of Ukrainian territory;
  • expresses support for the establishment of a special tribunal to investigate Russia’s war crimes in Ukraine;
  • expresses its support and gratitude to the government of the Czech Republic for the assistance it has provided to Ukraine so far, whether humanitarian, economic, political, diplomatic or in the form of military supplies.

Oleksandr Korniyenko, the first deputy chairman of Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, stated that recognizing Russia’s terrorism against Ukraine is the first step towards punishment for all the crimes that Russia has committed in its full-scale war.

Ukraine has repeatedly called on the international community to declare Russia a “terrorist state” in response to the attempted annexation of Ukrainian territories and the war it unleashed.

On Oct. 13, the PACE passed a resolution supporting Ukraine and declaring the Russian regime as “terrorist.”

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