Ukraine’s Permanent Representative to the UN Serhiy Kyslytsia has sent an official letter to the UN General Secretary regarding Russia’s illegal actions in the temporarily occupied Crimea. In particular, the Ukrainian side pointed to another violation of Russia’s international law by holding a so-called “sea parade” on the peninsula.

“Ukraine considers this event in the temporarily occupied city of Sevastopol without the consent of the Ukrainian side as another violation of international law by the Russian Federation, including numerous resolutions of the UN General Assembly, as well as Ukrainian legislation,” the letter states.

The Ukrainian side insists that Russia‘s actions are “conscious steps” aimed at escalating tensions in Ukrainian and Russian relations.

Kyslytsia emphasised that official Kyiv condemns the illegal demonstration of military force by the Russian Federation, as well as the militarisation of the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories. This “poses a significant threat to regional security,” the UN General Secretary said in the appeal.

“Ukraine demands from the Russian Federation to immediately stop international illegal actions against the state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and to take comprehensive measures to deoccupy part of the sovereign territory of Ukraine,” the letter explains.

At the request of Ukraine, the relevant appeal addressed to the UN General Secretary will be spread as an official document of the General Assembly and the Security Council of the Organization.

Bohdan Marusyak

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