In a resolution adopted on Thursday, MEPs say the results of mock referendums held at gunpoint on the annexation of Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk and Zaporizhia oblasts are “null and void” and called on member states to impose additional tough sanctions.
Increase in military aid to Ukraine
Welcoming the courage of the Ukrainian people to defend their country and European values, MEPs call on EU member states and other countries supporting Ukraine to massively increase their military aid, particularly in areas requested by the Ukrainian government . “Hesitant” member states should pay their fair share of the necessary military aid that will help shorten the war.
MEPs warn that recent Russian threats to use nuclear weapons are irresponsible and dangerous. They call on member states and international partners to prepare a swift and decisive response should Russia launch a nuclear strike against Ukraine. Any attempt by Russia to present attacks on occupied territories as an attack on Russia itself, and thus as a reason for a nuclear attack, is unlawful and unfounded and will not prevent the European Union from continuing to support Ukraine’s self-defense.
MEPs condemn military mobilization in Russia and measures forcing residents of the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine to serve in the Russian armed forces or auxiliaries, an act prohibited by the Fourth Geneva Convention. To ensure stability in the South Caucasus and Central Asia To uphold, MEPs are also calling for increased support for countries in the region that have experienced an influx of Russian citizens, notably Georgia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan.
Need to improve the protection of critical European infrastructures
Regarding the explosions in the Nord Stream pipelines, MPs say there is “increasing speculation that they were the result of a coordinated and premeditated action by a state actor”. The blasts show how dangerous the policy of increasing dependence on Russian fossil fuels has been and that the armament of energy has reached a new level. The resolution calls on member states to prioritize the protection of Europe’s critical infrastructure, increase its resilience against external attacks and further support the resilience of the Eastern European and Western Balkans partners.
Finally, MEPs call for the establishment of an ad hoc international tribunal for the crime of aggression against Ukraine, “where Putin and all Russian civil and military officials and their deputies responsible for masterminding, starting and conducting the war in the responsible for Ukraine will be prosecuted”. .
The resolution was adopted by 504 votes to 26, with 36 abstentions.