Ukraine concerned at Crimean border mining by Russia

24 April 2014 08:26
(QHA) -

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Yevhen Perebyinis says Russia is mining the territory of Ukraine across the line of occupational troops' residence in Crimea.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine voices its concern over Russia's continuing steps to equip the border between Crimea and Kherson region with antipersonnel and antitank mines, Ukrinform reports.

"It is of serious concern that in violation of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and Their Destruction, the Russian side continues the practice of mining Ukraine with antipersonnel and antitank mines along [the line - ed.] of stationing of the occupation troops while trying to hide their actions from the international community," he said.

According to him, the Foreign Ministry drew attention to an order given by Russian Prime Minister Dmitriy Medvedev to develop the border in the north of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

"We regard these intentions as another step towards securing the annexation of Crimea, which is an integral part of the territory of Ukraine, as well as evidence of gross violations of international law by Russia, in particular with regard to respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders," the diplomat said.

To recall, Crimea’s border service reported that state border between Crimea and Ukraine to start functioning on April 25.