The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine strongly condemns yet another visit of the President of the Russian Federation to the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine – the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol – on 4 November 2021, which had not been coordinated with Ukraine.

The visit ran counter to Ukraine’s repeated warnings.

“We consider this visit, as well as other trips of Russian officials to the temporarily occupied Crimean Peninsula uncoordinated with Ukraine, as Russia’s gross violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty, international law, UN General Assembly resolutions, Russia’s obligations under treaties to which Ukraine and Russia are parties. The Russian side must resume fulfilling its international legal obligations,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine states.

The diplomats underscore that Russia, as an occupying power, has the opportunity to show genuine concern for the people of the temporarily occupied Crimea: to stop unprecedented human rights violations, including political reprisals, abductions, and killings, as well as to release illegally imprisoned Ukrainians, and focus its efforts on a political and diplomatic solution to the Russia–Ukraine war in order to restore Ukraine’s territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders.

Natalia Tolub

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