The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expresses its strong protest over the decision on the inclusion of the temporarily occupied by Russia territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol in the Southern Federal District (SFD), the press service of the MFA of Ukraine reports.
According to the Ministry, the decision "is void and has no legal consequences. It does not affect the status of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol within the internationally recognized borders of Ukraine."
“The state-occupier continues to defiantly ignore the UN Charter, Resolution UNGA A/RES/68/262 "The territorial integrity of Ukraine", the Helsinki Final Act of the CSCE (1975), the Memorandum on Security Assurances in connection with Ukraine's accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (1994) , their obligations under the Treaty on friendship, cooperation and partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation (1997) and other rules of the international law,” the report says.
The MFA of Ukraine has once again called on the Russian Federation to fulfill its international obligations, cease its aggression and illegal occupation of part of the sovereign Ukrainian territory.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has also sent a note of protest to the Russian Federation.
It was reported earlier that the so-called Crimean Federal District (temporarily occupied territory of Crimea) was abolished as an independent unit and became a part of the Southern Federal District under Putin's decree on July 28.