The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine emphasizes that the policy of appeasing the Russian Federation as an aggressor state by freezing the Russian-Georgian conflict has led to Russia's direct armed aggression against Ukraine.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine strongly condemns the war launched by the Russian Federation against Georgia on August 7, 2008, the ongoing illegal occupation of Georgian sovereign territories in Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, as well as the steps made by the Russian occupation regime aimed at their de facto annexation," reads an MFA Ukraine statement on the 11th anniversary of Russia's armed aggression against Georgia, the ministry press service told UNIAN.

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In this regard, Ukrainian diplomats express solidarity with and reaffirm their unwavering support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders, share the idea of the need for a peaceful settlement based on fundamental principles and norms of international law, and support "A Step to a Better Future," the Georgian government’s peace initiative.

“Experience has shown that the policy of appeasing the aggressor by freezing the Russian-Georgian conflict untied their hands and in February 2014 led to direct armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine," diplomats emphasized.

The Ministry has called on the international community to pursue consolidated measures aimed at restoring the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the states affected by Russia's aggressive policies.