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Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine in relation to recognition by the Russian Federation of the self-proclaimed “Republic of Crimea”
18 March 2014 18:15

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expresses its decisive and categorical protest against recognition by the Russian Federation of the self-proclaimed “Republic of Crimea” as a subject of international law.  

Such actions by the Russian side do not meet the international commitments undertaken by the Russian Federation under multilateral and bilateral agreements that guarantee Ukraine’s territorial integrity and inviolability of borders as well as non-intervention in internal affairs of our state.

Independence of this entity has been declared by an illegitimate authority on the basis of results of anti-constitutional referendum, held with flagrant violations of the democratic standards of holding referendums that have been developed in the framework of the OSCE and the Council of Europe and constitute an integral part of principles and values of these international organizations. By recognizing the self-proclaimed “Republic of Crimea” as a “sovereign and independent state” the Russian Federation hereby flagrantly violated its obligations and commitments, stemming from its membership in these international organizations.

Recognition of independence of the self-proclaimed “Republic of Crimea” by Russia has the only purpose to create pseudo-legal grounds for annexing this part of the territory of Ukraine and its incorporating into the Russian Federation.

However, the legal significance of this act under the circumstances of unprovoked armed aggression of Russia against Ukraine and Russian military occupation of the Crimean peninsula is void. Modern international law does not recognize forcible annexation of the state territory as legitimate way of its acquisition.

Ukraine and the entire civilized world will never recognize illegitimately declared independence of Crimea and its forcible annexation from the territory of our state. 

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