2017 marks the third anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations General
Assembly resolution "Territorial Integrity of Ukraine” (68/262).
international community thereby reaffirmed the need for strict compliance by
States with their obligations under international law, and its commitment to
the sovereignty, political independence, unity and territorial integrity of
Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders. As underscored in the
resolution, the referendum held in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the
city of Sevastopol on 16 March 2014, having no validity, cannot form the basis
for any alteration of the status of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea or of the
city of Sevastopol.
clear demand of the international community, over the past three years the
Russian Federation has not abandoned its aggressive actions and gross
violations of the UN Charter and fundamental norms and principles of
international law, and continued temporarily occupation of the Crimean Peninsula,
blatant infringements on human rights and open military aggression in Donbas.
It is high time to recognize: the past 25 years of Russia's membership in the
UN have been tarnished by her constant disregard for the Charter of the
Organization, culminating in Russia's aggression and occupation of part of the
territory of Georgia in 2008 and Ukraine in 2014, as well as ongoing aggression
in the Ukrainian Donbas.
of the UN General Assembly resolution “Situation of human rights in the
Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine)"
(71/205) on 19 December 2016 became another testimony of major deterioration of
the human rights situation in Crimea. The resolution condemns systematic human
rights violations committed by the Russian occupation authorities. By
condemning the temporary occupation of Crimea by Russia, the General Assembly
urges the Russian Federation to uphold all of its obligations under applicable
international law as an occupying power, including by bringing an immediate end
to all human rights violations in Crimea.
urges the Russian Federation to end its occupation of the Autonomous Republic
of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol and fully comply with the demands of the
UN General Assembly resolutions 68/262 and 71/205.
continue to take all steps under international law to counter Russian
aggression, alleviate the situation of Ukrainian citizens in the temporarily
occupied territory, restore its territorial integrity and ensure that Russia
makes full reparation for the injury caused by its internationally wrongful