Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba calls on the international community not to turn a blind eye to Russia's terrorist methods in the temporarily occupied territories of Crimea and Donbas.
Speaking during an online 2nd ministerial meeting of the Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism, which took place as part of the general debate of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, he condemned terrorism and violent extremism as one of the key challenges to international peace and development, as reported on the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry's website.
Kuleba drew the participants' attention to the experience of Ukraine, which has been countering Russia's armed aggression and terrorist methods in Donbas and Crimea for the seventh year in a row.
"The international community should not turn a blind eye to the attempts of the state, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, to silence human rights defenders, civil activists and journalists in the temporarily occupied territories of Crimea and Donbas under the guise of carrying out counter-terrorism measures," the official said.
Kuleba also stressed the importance of consolidating international efforts to ensure the rights of victims of terrorism and provide them with adequate support, assistance and rehabilitation.
"An equally important task is to bring to justice all organizers, supervisors and sponsors of terrorist activities," the minister said.
The Foreign Ministry clarified the Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism is an international political association of like-minded countries, which deals with the problems of protecting the rights of people who have suffered as a result of terrorist acts.
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