UNGA to consider Resolution on militarization of Russia-occupied Crimea

19:10, 17 December 2018
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On December 17, the General Assembly of the United Nations will consider a draft resolution on the militarization of Russian-occupied Crimea, taking into account Russian aggression in the Kerch Strait, and in particular the seizure of Ukrainian naval boats and crew.

"Heads Up: #UNGA to consider today 3pm a draft resolution "Problem of the Militarization of the Autonomous Republic of #Crimea & the city of Sevastopol, #Ukraine, as well as Parts of the Black Sea & the Sea of Azov", initiated by Ukraine & presented on behalf of a group of States," Ukraine's Permanent Mission to the United Nations tweeted on Monday, Dec 17.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine's Envoy to UN Volodymyr Yelchenko said the main purpose of the Resolution would be to urge the Russian Federation to withdraw its military forces from Crimea and cease the illegal occupation of Ukrainian territory.

At the same time, the Resolution will call upon Russia to stop pursuing commercial vessels and restricting international navigation in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

"Ukraine initiated this process. And as of now, 41 countries have agreed to co-sponsor this resolution," Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Sunday, Dec 16.

"We really hope that this pretty powerful document will be voted tomorrow at the highest world instance - the General Assembly of the United Nations," said the president.

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