KYIV (QHA) -

During the annexation of the Crimea in 2014, the Russian military surrounded parts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, using a kind of "human shield" from civilians - women and children. Such actions of Russia should be considered in an international court.

A corresponding statement was made by the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania (2006-2008)  Petras Vaitiekūnas during the 11th Kyiv Forum on a special discussion "The position of the world community regarding aggression against Ukraine: Crimea, Donbas and human rights". The words of the politician are quoted by the press service of the Lithuanian Embassy in Ukraine.

Vaitiekūnas stressed that massive violation of human rights is observed in Crimea, which began from the time of the occupation of the peninsula, continued during the fake referendum and takes place until now.

“From the very beginning, when the Russian Federation occupied the Crimea, I was in the Crimea along with colleagues, as a special representative of the EU. I saw how the Russian Federation occupied the Crimea. And this was the first time when I encountered such a violation of the rules. With the onset of the hybrid war, I can testify that these were special units of the Russian army, those who violated human rights and humanitarian law. For such actions the Russian Federation should be brought to the international court,” he is convinced.

Petras Vaitiekūnas further noted that now the world community realizes that Ukraine is a victim of external aggression. Russia has never been able to present the events in Ukraine as an alleged internal conflict, like it did during the occupation of part of the territories of Moldova and Georgia.

“Abkhazia and Transnistria are also occupied by the Russian Federation, but the Kremlin managed to freeze these conflicts on Russian conditions. Despite the civilian casualties, the Kremlin managed to present aggression as an internal conflict between Georgia and Moldova. But this does not apply to Ukraine. The Russians used to successfully promote such a formula among the international community. But that was before the occupation of the Crimea," he said.

The former Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed his conviction that the international community should help Ukraine in two main directions - "to stop President Putin and to introduce reforms."

QHA reported that April 12-13, 2018 the capital of Ukraine hosts the XI Kyiv Forum on Security. More than 400 international and Ukrainian leaders, representatives of political, business and social circles from more than 20 countries of the world are discussing global security issues, trends and challenges in contemporary international relations, as well as the importance of Ukraine for regional and European security and democracy.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin at a press conference on March 4, 2014, told reporters that seizing Ukraine, Russian troops would hide behind Ukrainian women and children to prevent the Ukrainian military from defending themselves.

QHA