UN General Assembly officially recognized Russia’s occupation of Crimea

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Russia was also urged to let international observers to the peninsula, so that they can monitor the situation with human rights violations.

The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on the Crimea. For the first time in official documents of the United Nations Russia is defined as an occupying state, and the Crimea and Sevastopol as temporarily occupied territory.

The resolution condemns repressions of the Crimean Tartars. Russia is urged to let international observers into the peninsula, so that they can monitor the situation with human rights violations.

The document was supported by 70 UN member countries, 26 voted against, another 77 abstained. The resolution was co-authored by 41 countries.

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has already commented on the adoption of the resolution.

“I sincerely thank all partners for their voice of support, and for participation in the preparation of this important document. From now on, on the highest international level, this resolution defines Russia’s status as an occupying state, and holds it fully responsible for gross violations of human rights in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine: in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol,” he stressed.

The head of Ukraine stressed that the decision of the General Assembly of the United Nations is “a very important sign of international unity and solidarity in the time when the worst practices of the Soviet Union are used in the Crimea, including the methods of ‘punitive psychiatry’, exhibitive trials, kidnappings, torture, and even deliberate killing of people who stand openly against the Russian occupation of the Ukrainian territory.”

Source: rusmonitor.com