UN General Assembly adopted resolution on militarization of Crimea by Russia
The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution entitled “The problem of the militarization of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine), as well as parts of the Black and Azov Seas.” The document, in particular, contains a clause on the nuclear facilities and infrastructure captured by the Kremlin in the occupied territory.
63 countries voted for the adoption of the relevant resolution, 19 opposed and 66 abstained, the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the UN reports on Twitter, as cited by channel 24.
Diplomats also published the main provisions of the document:
- The requirement for Russia as an occupying state to withdraw its troops from Crimea and end the temporary occupation of Ukraine.
- A call to Russia to return military equipment and weapons seized from the three ships of the Ukrainian Navy, Berdyansk, Nikopol, and Yany Kapu, during the Kremlin’s aggression on Azov last November.
- A positive assessment of the release by Russia of the 24 crew members of three Ukrainian vessels.
- Emphasis on the need to continue negotiations with a view to returning all illegally detained citizens of Ukraine to their homeland.
- Condemnation of carrying out Russia’s military exercises in Crimea and the use of captured military enterprises.
- Emphasis on the misuse of nuclear infrastructure on the Ukrainian peninsula.
- Recording the fact that the reinforcement of the Russia’s military presence and the obstruction of international navigation in the Black and Azov Seas negatively affect the socio-economic situation in the coastal regions of Ukraine, in particular in the Donbass.
- Recommendation to foreign states, international organizations and institutions to refrain from visits to the temporarily occupied Crimea and to Sevastopol without coordination with Ukraine.