Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine of 27 March 2014
Adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of a Resolution on “Territorial integrity of Ukraine” has become an evidence of full support offered to Ukraine by the entire international community under the conditions of military aggression on the side of the Russian Federation and annexation of a part of the country’s territory: 100 states voted in favour of the Resolution, 47 states were co-sponsors thereof.
This resolution affirms the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders. Moreover, the document aims at preventing any illegal attempts to modify Ukraine’s borders, including through the threat or use of force. The world community unequivocally affirmed inadmissibility of recognition of any alteration of the status of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol on the basis of illegal referendum of 16 March.
Voting is also an evidence that due to flagrant violation of all possible norms of international law, including the UN Charter, Russia has become isolated not only in the European institutions – the OSCE and the Council of Europe – by at the global level as well.
Several states had yielded to pressure and intimidation on the side of the Russian Federation and voted in the General Assembly in contravention of the UN Charter and fundamental norms and principles of international law. Positions of all states will be subject to examination and subsequent deliberate conclusions. Some of those states due to their positions have left Ukraine no choice but to take concrete steps, which will have implications for the bilateral relations, including those in the framework of international organizations.