The Verkhovna Rada’s statement on the Polish law, which foresees, in particular, punishment for “crimes of Ukrainian nationalists”, will be considered on Tuesday, February 6, Verkhovna Rada Speaker Andriy Parubiy has said. “The committee [on foreign affairs] prepared the text of the statement, which has already been proposed for consideration by factions and groups. Today this decision will be registered so that tomorrow we could adopt it in parliament”, he said at a meeting of the parliament’s conciliatory council on Monday.
U.S. Special Representative on Ukraine Kurt Volker during a meeting with deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine said he thinks resuming pension payments to residents of areas controlled by Russian occupation forces in eastern Ukraine, as well as restoring mobile telephone communications, will help in during talks scheduled with Russian representatives, Rada human rights committee chairman and MP (Batkivschyna Party) Hryhoriy Nemyria has said. “Volker supported the position that defending human rights of persons living in areas controlled by Russian occupation forces is part of the solution to the problem, rather than a part of the problem. He supported my position and the position of the human rights committee on steps to pay pensions, restore communication and other steps because this will help him in his dialogue and talks with the Russian side”, Nemyria told the Kyiv-based Interfax-Ukraine news agency.