Two years ago, the Russian Federation, by committing an armed
aggression against Ukraine, began the process of rewriting the post-war
history, violating the norms of international law, which are the basis of
peaceful coexistence. Russia ceased to be a part of the civilized world and has
become a pariah state.
Russian military in green uniforms without any insignia
became a symbol of a hybrid war, and their landing in the Ukrainian Crimea
started the Kremlin’s blatant flouting of international law and violating human
rights in the occupied peninsula. Under the Russian occupation, Crimea has
become a "gray zone" where injustice, terror, intimidation,
kidnapping and torture prevail. Occupation authorities commit systematic and
large-scale violations of fundamental rights and freedoms, wage a hidden war
against dissidents, destroy the signs of linguistic,
religious and cultural identity of Ukrainians and indigenous people of Crimea -
Crimean Tatars. The actions of the Russian authorities aimed at banning the Majlis activity, as well as political processes against
Crimean Tatars in the occupied peninsula clearly prove the tyranny of the
International community has unanimously expressed its
solidarity with Ukraine in its fight against Russian armed aggression.
Democratic nations condemned the occupation, imposed sanctions against Russia
and its leadership in order to restore the territorial integrity of Ukraine
within its internationally recognized borders.
Ukraine demands from the Russian Federation to stop the
occupation, repressions and numerous provocations against Ukrainian citizens
and pro-Ukrainian people of the Crimean peninsula.
We call on the international community to increase political
and diplomatic pressure on Russia as the occupant state and to support
Ukraine's initiative of establishing an international platform to discuss the
issues that are vitally important for the people of the occupied peninsula and
the entire world community.