New Ukrainian power intends to enjoy the fruits of its victory to attack human rights and freedoms, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council on Monday.
"The Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada approved decisions, which restricted the rights of ethnic minorities, dismissed judges of the Constitutional Court and demanded criminal proceedings be instituted against them," Lavrov said.
"Demands are made to impose restrictions on the Russian language, ban undesirable political parties and conduct lustration. Thus, 'winners' intend to attack human rights and freedoms," the Russian minister said.
"These deeds aroused indignation in eastern and southern regions of Ukraine and the Autonomous Republic of Crimea where millions of Russians live," he said, adding "Amidst permanent threats by ultra-nationalists self-defence units have been created. They are forced to prevent the attempts to seize administrative buildings by force in Crimea and deliver weapons and ammunition to the peninsula."
"We've gotten information on new provocations, including against the Russian Black Sea Fleet on the territory of Ukraine," Lavrov said.