Ukrainian Foreign Ministry: Acts of the occupying power cannot change the legal status of Crimea
Attempts by Russia to instill into the world tolerance towards Russia’s occupation of the Crimean peninsula through its fake emissaries at various international events are futile, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has said in a statement on the human rights situation in the temporarily occupied Crimea.
“At a time when repression continues in Crimea, the Russian Federation, abusing procedural opportunities, manipulatively sends its fake emissaries to various international events. Their main task is to justify aggressive policies and instill international tolerance for Russia’s occupation of the Crimean peninsula. These efforts are futile,” the statement reads.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said that neither such openly propaganda operations of the Kremlin nor insignificant quasi-legal acts of the occupying power can change the legal status of Crimea as an integral part of Ukraine’s territory within internationally recognized borders or change the common position of the international community in support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Ukrainian diplomats called on the international community to step up joint efforts to debunk the myths of Russian propaganda, which is an element of Russian aggression and destabilizing actions against Ukraine and other democracies.