Ukraine to propose UNGA to adopt updated resolution condemning Russian militarization of occupied Crimea

23:45, 06 November 2019
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Ukraine intends to put forward for consideration in the UN General Assembly the draft resolution "The problem of militarization of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine), as well as parts of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov".

Ukraine's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Yehor Bozhok on Wednesday delivered a briefing at the UN HQ in New York titled "Demilitarization, deoccupation and reintegration of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine): future challenges."

"As of today, the Joint Task Forces of the Russian Federation in occupied Crimea consist of 31,500 troops," Yehor Bozhok told the UN.

"It is estimated that the number of the Russian troops and armament will increase in 1.5 times in 2020-2025," Ukraine's Permanent Mission to the UN quoted Bozhok as saying.

Russia’s dynamic approach towards nuclear objects in Crimea leaves no place for underestimation of the threat of nuclear rivalry in the Black Sea region.

"Russia has already deployed in the area carriers and other means capable to deliver nuclear weapons," said Bozhok.

Also, nowadays, Russian occupation forces "have created a multi-echelon anti-aircraft and missile system in the occupied Crimea," Bozhok added.

"This system increases combat capabilities to approach targets other than the Crimean peninsula also on the territories with 300 km range," he said.

Chief of Ukraine's mission, Volodymyr Yelchenko, told the UN: "Without a joint international response to the Russian aggression, Crimea is going to be an isolated and militarized territory where human rights and freedoms are fully neglected and people live in fear of repression or prosecution."

"Occupation of Crimea has become a clear example of an unprecedented disregard by the Russian Federation for established principles of international law, including the UN Charter."

He added: "It proved once again that Moscow has neither moral nor legal red lines."

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Kyiv has been seeking to have Russia withdraw its armed forces from Crimea and cease its temporary occupation.

As UNIAN reported earlier, on Dec 17, 2018, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution "The problem of militarization of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine), as well as parts of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov" by a recorded vote of 66 in favor to 19 against, with 72 abstentions.

The Assembly condemned the increasing military presence of the Russian Federation in parts of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.  It called on the Russian Federation to refrain from impeding the lawful exercise of navigational rights and freedoms and stressed that the presence of Russian troops in Crimea is contrary to the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

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